The International Youth Arts Festival - Best of the Fest


The International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) marks its 10th anniversary this year, and runs at venues across Kingston from 6 - 15 July. Here, we round up 10 highlights.

The Duke (ACT Main House, 7-8 July)

A new one man show from Hoipolloi's Shôn Dale-Jones, weaving together the tale of a family heirloom with the current refugee crisis. The production raises money for Save The Children's Emergency Fund.

Hyena (Rose Theatre Main House, 12 July)

This show from the world's first all-female Cyr troupe has taken the circus world by storm. A fest of women, wheels, acrobatics and song.

In Our Hands (ACT Main House, 12 July)

Acclaimed puppet company Smoking Apples return to IYAF with this charming show about a trawlerman who must fight for the life he loves.

Batimbo Percussion Magique (The Visit Kingston Stage, 7 & 14 July)

The programme of free music events in the Market Square includes this dynamic group of drummers from Burundi. Guaranteed to get your toes tapping.

Super Hero - The Musical (Rose Theatre Main House, 14 July)

This highly entertaining show from National Youth Music Theatre is about a boy with a super power to turn everything he knows into a musical.

So You Want to Work in the Arts? (Kingston University's Reg Bailey Building, 11-12 July)

A free series of platform discussions aiming to help young people to forge successful careers in the arts. Email: [email protected] to register interest.

The Tale of the Cockatrice (Rose Theatre Studio, 8 July)

IYAF 2017 award winners Mumblecrust Theatre return with a family show blending breathtaking puppetry, spine-tingling live music and general tomfoolery.

Young Folk (Rose Theatre Main House, 9 July)

An evening showcasing some of the best young folk musicians in the business. The line-up features BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee Luke Jackson.

Bits & Box (Rose Theatre Studio, 14 July)

‘AndOn Theatre’s inventive show features guys and a massive cardboard box. Laugh your way through an energetic glimpse into the imaginations of two people with far too much time on their hands.

The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan (Rose Theatre Gallery, 11 July)

Award-winning young comic Sarah Callaghan, fresh from tours of Australia and New Zealand, presents a powerhouse mash-up of comedy and poetry.

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