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Oct 17, 2017

Mark Smith talks to emerging director Julia Levai and York Theatre Royal Associate Director Juliet Forster about the theatre's TakeOver Festival.

The festival pairs Theatre Royal staff with emerging artists aged between 12 and 26 in a mentoring relationship which enables the younger artists to curate and run a week-long festival. As the Artistic Director of this year's festival, Julia Levai has curated a selection of works around the theme of "Walls", as well as devising a show of her own.

The pair discuss the state of UK theatre for a director at the beginning of their career, and Julia provides comparisons between British theatre and the scene in her native Budapest.

They also consider what the York Theatre Royal does for emerging artists, as well as what TakeOver has done for the York Theatre Royal in effecting tangible organisational change.

TakeOver is about "opening the door and giving opportunity and giving a platform for different voices... and really letting people make their own work and do their own thing as a result of it."

It runs from 22 to 28 October 2017 at the York Theatre Royal