MANIPULATE Festival 2020: Young Critics Programme

MANIPULATE Festival is piloting a young critics programme this year, offering free tickets to a full day of shows, lunch and travel expenses on SAT 1 FEB to Scotland-based young people aged between 16-25.

For more information on what’s on that day, visit the website and we will work with you to design a programme for your day!

The aim of this pilot programme is to invite five younger and emerging writers to engage creatively and critically with the wide range of visual theatre performances on offer at the festival.

Puppet Animation Scotland work incredibly hard to support visual theatre makers, puppeteers and animators in Scotland, and their work has paid off – the 2020 programme is 90% Scottish. This Young Critics Programme is a move towards fostering critics and critical language around visual theatre, supporting the rich culture there now is in Scotland.

The Summerhall cafe turned cabaret space will provide a space to reflect and we are hoping to invite some Scottish critics to come and talk about writing on visual theatre, puppetry and animated film.

We have outlets available to host content, and StorytellingPR can also support with pitching elsewhere.

Interested participants can get in touch with Mim Black at

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