28 Jun - 28 Jun 2024
120 Minutes
$20 - $80

The Riff: Youth Theatre Festival 2024 – Down the Rabbit Hole

Shining the spotlight on the talented young theatre makers from the Western Sydney region!

First came Flannofest, then Q Theatre’s Annual Youth Theatre Festival

After over 30 years of providing local young people with a platform to express their ideas and experience working in a professional theatre setting, Q Theatre’s key youth event, The Riff: Youth Theatre Festival, returns for another year!

This initiative continues to support teachers in providing one-of-a-kind experiences for their students to exercise their creative voices in exploring local identity and global issues, whilst developing the next generation of Western Sydney performing artists and creatives.

The schools participating in this year’s event include Blue Mountains Grammar, Kingswood High School, Nagle College, Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School, Rooty Hill High School, Springwood High School, Winmalee High School and Wycliffe Christian College.

Each group of young artists has been teamed up with a professional theatre artist to devise a new work in the performance style of their choice, using the theme of “Down the Rabbit Hole” as inspiration.

Don’t miss your opportunity to celebrate the creation of and experience some captivating new works by our rising stars live on stage!

Q Theatre is proud to give young and emerging artists the chance to gain performing arts production experience in a professional theatre environment, whilst gaining invaluable industry expertise from arts professionals through this unique program.

Proudly supported by Celestino.


General Public: Suitable for ages 14+.
Schools: Suitable for Years 9 – 11. Please see the ‘Schools Bookings and Resources’ section below for more information, to apply or book.

Friday 28 June at 12pm & 7pm

Schools Bookings and Resources


Applications Open: Tuesday 30 January at 9am
Applications Close: Monday 19 February at 5pm
In-Theatre Stagecraft Workshops: Monday 8, Tuesday 9, Thursday 11 and Friday 12 April
Technical Rehearsals: Monday 24 – Thursday 27 June
Final Performances: Friday 28 June at 12pm & 7pm


Curriculum Links
English and Creative Arts – Drama (Stages 5 – 6).
Click here to download a full version of the NSW State Curriculum Links.


Getting Here
Click here for information about our venue and getting here.

Risk Assessment
Click here to download The Joan’s Risk Assessment.


Information and Application Pack
Click here to download the Information and Application Pack.

Application Form
Applications to participate in The Riff: Youth Theatre Festival 2024 have now closed. Help support the rising young talent in our community and book an excursion for your school cohort to see the final performances on Friday 28 June at 12pm or 7pm. Please click on the ‘Be Part of the Audience’ tab to find out more and book now.

Related Events