Young Europe IV is a 3-year programme devoted to expanding the canon of European theatre literature, by highlighting "forgotten" plays and by writing new ones for young audiences.

European theatre literature is dominated by the white, heterosexual, male perspective. With Young Europe IV, which runs from 2021-24, we explicitly focus on the non-dominant voices in our societies, on stories that aren’t told or could be told more often.

9 theatres from 7 countries are participating in the project, which will see eight new texts on diverse, inclusive themes written for young audiences.

The playwrights are guided, provoked and challenged in their writing process by mentors from across the European theatre scene. 

The classroom plays will be performed at participating theatres during the final year of the project (2023/24) before being featured at a festival in 2024.

The project is part of TRANSFORMATIONS, ETC's programme of activities from 2021-24, which is co-funded by the European Union. 


Image: Elisa von Brockdorff for Teatru Malta / ETC

Playwrights and Mentors



Key Project Dates

17 - 19 May 2022

Partner meeting and project kick off in Prague

Thursday 6 October 2022, 17:00-18:30

Online public event for the launch of the Young Europe IV International Theatre Project


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