Scratch is an opportunity for Canberra’s emerging artists to meet, experiment with new material, and showcase work in front of a supportive audience. 

We want to hear from performers, writers, and theatre makers aged 18-25 who are itching to share ambitious ideas and bold performances.

We want to see your new works-in-progress, the beginnings of a crazy idea you want to develop, a new song, some comedy, improv, spoken word poetry, a dance – anything at all! 

It doesn’t matter how rough or ready it is. Scratch is a space for performers and theatre makers to take risks, experiment with new ideas, make new connections, and have fun.

If you don’t want to perform, come along and support your fellow artists and be surprised by the creative adventures you might discover.

We encourage emerging performance makers (18-25) of all forms, backgrounds and areas of interest to apply. It’s a very simple submission process. Before you apply, check out the guidelines, then fill out the EOI form above.

You can check out the photos from our last Scratch night here.

If you have any questions, email programs@canberrayouththeatre.com.au


  • Works should be original, or you have secured the appropriate permissions to perform them.
  • Each project will get up to 10 minutes on stage to showcase your work or idea.
  • We provide a space and platform to present your work, you bring the rest.
  • If you have any tech requirements, please let us know in your application. But keep it simple.