FUTURE DIRECTIONS is a young people’s programme with a difference, where young people will work in collaboration with professional Music-Creators, learning from and inspiring each other to explore what opera and music theatre mean for themselves and their communities.

Music Theatre Wales have recently appointed Jefferson Lobo and Robert Fokkens as music-creators on the project, joining Jain Boon as workshop leader and Lleucu Meinir as film maker. Jefferson and Robert will collaborate with the young participants and with each other to create a new and original work that draws on a powerful blend of artistic voices that would not otherwise have an opportunity to meet. We are also looking forward to discovering how this collaborative work will lead us in new and unexpected directions, as we begin to reimagine what opera is, who creates it and who it is for.

Are you an aspiring actor, musician, film-maker, theatre director or composer, aged between 16 and 19 and living in Wales? Are you interested in collaborating with other creative young people to make a new digital opera?

Apply to join us on a residency in Aberystwyth and Cardiff. Your work will be supported by professional artists including two Music Makers, a Director and Film-Maker.


Download the Future Directions Information Pack

Where FUTURE DIRECTIONS came from:

In 2018 MTW set out on a journey to challenge our own perceptions of our audiences and the work they want to engage with. We want to learn and to grow, ultimately creating work that speaks to more people in Wales.

Our first piece of work in this learning was our Young People's Creative Consultation, which collaborated and consulted with young people from North East Wales, and two locations in South Wales.

The groups created work in direct response to our ground-breaking opera Denis & Katya, and to the unexpected parallels with their own lives the pandemic forced upon them.

Listen to the work of the young people on Soundcloud.

FUTURE DIRECTIONS is not an additional programme attached to the company’s work – it is the work of Music Theatre Wales.

Future Directions is generously supported by Arts Council Wales and the Foyle Foundation.