Pilot Theatre are looking for 17 year olds to tell the story of what it is like to turn 18 in 2018.

This is primarily a video diary project which will enable participants to make a short film supported over the year by industry professionals. The shorts made during the project will form the basis for a feature film called Eighteen which will be shared at Film Festivals from autumn 2018 (including at Aesthetica, a prestigious festival based in York).

We are currently looking for both participants from Yorkshire (see below) and online participants. If you apply for our online group, wherever you are in the world, you can take part in this unique project from January 2018 by connecting with us and following a series of online guidelines which will be available from December 2017. These guidelines will be co-devised with groups working on the project in York, Forli (Italy) and other partners to be confimed.

From September 2017 we are recruiting.

Yorkshire Group

We are looking for up to eighteen 17-year-olds based within easy travelling distance of York who will be the very first to participate in the project. We want to hear from anyone who was born in the year 2000 who is interested in getting involved.

This is an incredible opportunity to develop your film-making, storytelling and presenting/performing skills mentored by professionals. It’s a chance to make a film but also make many new friends.

The York group will be part of the life of a professional theatre company for a year, and there may also be opportunities to travel to Forli in Italy and/or Marseille in France during this time.

Online Group 

If you are 17 years old and turning 18 next year but would not be able to travel to York, we want to hear from you! Please apply for one of our online places on the project. Our online group will be set the same guidlines as our York group but will send in their work remotely. We want to get the biggest picture possible of what it's like to turn 18 in 2018.

Apply now! 

Project dates (Yorkshire)

From September 2017: Applications accepted (see below for how to apply) Deadline 31st October 2017

Early November 2017 - we will meet everyone who is interested in participating in the project and select up to 18 participants.
End of November 2017 – the project will start. The plan is for the group to meet fortnightly on a suitable weekday evening.  There will be breaks for holidays and other commitments such as exams.

Project Dates (Online Group)

These will be ongoing during the course of 2018. Applications to be part of the online group must be made by 31st December 2017.

Essential criteria

People who will turn 18 in 2018.
People who can commit to a year-long project.
People who are enthusiastic about making performance and/or film.


To apply:

Please tell us why you would like to take part. You can do this by sending either a 200 word statement or a link to a one minute video to [email protected] (If you are sending a video recording, you can upload this to a YouTube or Vimeo channel as a private video and send us the password – we won’t share this with anyone beyond the shortlisting group).
When you send us your application or video, please provide us with your contact details. These will be held for the duration of the recruitment process and then disposed of and will under no circumstances be given to anyone else.
Please complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form which can be downloaded by clicking on this text. The information provided on these forms will not be shared with anyone else and simply allows us to monitor the effectiveness of our recruitment process.


What happens next?

We will offer everyone who applies (and meets the criteria for the York group) a meeting. There will be up to 18 places on the project. Final dates for the project to be confirmed but the first session will be November 2017.