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Dare to Devise

This page contains information about Northland Youth Theatre's Dare to Devise competition.
Updated: 1/08/2019 10:29 a.m.

Drama abounds

Northland Youth Theatre’s Dare to Devise is back again in 2019 for its second year of intense drama.

Dare to Devise is a 48-hour Drama Competition open to teams aged 14-18 years. 

The pressure cooker environment of 48 hours to write, rehearse and perform is an exciting way to create original performance. There isn't time to second guess, fuss over costume and set - it's raw and honest storytelling - often funny and always sleep deprived. 

It involves all team members working together cooperatively, in all aspects of theatre production, from concept to performance. In 48 hours, teams perform to an audience and a panel of expert judges.

This competition is all about having fun, great performances and originality. 

“Walking around backstage, everyone was buzzing, laughing, excited, nervous and really supportive of each other. There’s an overall sense of comradery amongst all the teams in this shared experience,” said Hayley Clark, Northland Youth Theatre Manager.

“Similar competitions like the 48-Hour Film Festival, which Dare to Devise is loosely modelled on, and Stage Challenge, are really popular amongst young people but often very expensive to take part in – cost and access to expensive technology is a real barrier to most young people. We took the cost barrier and access to technology out of the equation so that all young people had the opportunity to participate.”

“I was incredibly impressed by the final performances, they were polished and of a high quality.”

Do you Dare to Devise? This year’s competition runs 23-25 August. Sign up now at

Dare to Devise is supported by a grant from the Creative Communities Scheme through Whangarei District Council. You can find out about this scheme and other community grants on our Funding and Grants page on our website. 



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