Feral Fest: Call out for young musicians

We are excited to announce an incredible opportunity for young musicians across Wales as part of our upcoming show, Feral Monster, a banging new musical about an unremarkable teenager.

Feral Fest is an entry point development opportunity package as part of NTW TEAM’s engagement work. It’s for anyone who is currently interested in the world of making music - but hasn’t yet found their first step onto that path.

National Theatre Wales (NTW) is fuelled by the pursuit of connection. We see theatre as a tool to bring people together to reflect, explore and be inspired by the stories of our nation. We want everyone in Wales to see themselves, their communities, their experiences and their futures imagined in the work we make.

NTW TEAM is our decade-long, community-based, ground-breaking model of arts engagement, which we’ve co-created with 104,000 people throughout Wales: with countless schools, with young people outside of mainstream education, with community arts organisations and local charities, with health boards and with individuals who never imagined that the arts could be for them.


What is Feral Monster?

Feral Monster is a banging new musical by Bethan Marlow, directed by Izzy Rabey, with music by Nicola T. Chang. It’s touring across Wales’ theatres in spring 2024. Mashing up grime, R&B, pop and rap, the show celebrates the story of unremarkable teen, Jax, as she/they/whatever navigates love, sexuality, family and the many parts of her loud, opinionated brain.

We’ll supply a full brief to the appointed designer with visuals of the set design, text and more detailed notes on the design direction.

About Feral Fest

Feral Fest offers a platform for young musicians to learn about songwriting and music-making for theatre. This is your chance to be a part of an inclusive project that celebrates diversity, creativity, and community.

As part of Feral Fest, you will:

  • learn from industry professionals, including the creative team behind Feral Monster.

  • gain invaluable experience in creating music for theatre.

  • perform in post-show gigs at a venue local to you during our Feral Monster tour

  • record your Feral Monster-inspired composition professionally, opening doors to radio stations and other platforms.

  • perform in one large Feral Fest at Pontio in Bangor, hosted by two cast members from the show and alongside all of your fellow Feral Fest musicians from across Wales.

  • be part of a new peer network of fellow Feral Fest musicians from across Wales.

  • be one of the first people to see Feral Monster at the dress rehearsal.

  • gain links to other networks in your local areas that can further assist your future creative journey.

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking 15 talented musicians and/or groups/bands aged 18-28 who are at the very beginning of their artistic journey, passionate about music and interested in how music of any genre can be used in theatre-making.

This is a first-step development opportunity package for people who wouldn’t necessarily yet consider themselves to be professional artists.

We are particularly interested in musicians who:

  • have an understanding of LGBTQIA+* identities either through lived experience or solidarity

  • are based in or near to Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Llanelli, and Brecon - the places where we are touring Feral Monster.

  • have a strong connection with Wales and Welsh identities, bringing a unique perspective to their music.

  • are available for three online workshops, an exclusive preview of Feral Monster and two performance nights from mid-December to 21 March to participate (see timeline of activity below)

  • can demonstrate experience of creating music

  • are comfortable with performing live.

We're seeking individuals who embrace an inclusive approach to music creation, prioritising accessibility, bilingualism, anti-homophobia, and anti-racism. You should be someone who is eager to collaborate and has the ability to compose music that connects with a diverse audience spanning all generations across Wales.

*This acronym stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex or asexual, but people can also define their gender and sexuality in other ways. The creative team for Feral Monster all identify as LGBTQIA+ which is why we are looking for people with this lived experience or allyship.

How we’ll support you
  • Travel, accommodation and expenses paid for:
    • an exclusive preview of Feral Monster at Sherman Theatre in Cardiff
    • a post-show gig at a tour venue local to you
    • a post-show gig at Pontio in Bangor.
  • Professional recording of your composed track that you can use for future promotion of your work.

  • Photography and film of your performances that you can use for future promotion of your work.

  • £260 per person to perform at two Feral Fest gigs.

Timeline of activity



w/c 11 December

Zoom session 1 (Introduction) - 2.5 hours

Musicians meet online, learn about Feral Monster, share their work, and receive creative prompts

w/c 18 December

Zoom session 2 (Lyrics and Music) - 2.5 hours

Workshop focused on crafting lyrics and setting them to music, with a theatrical emphasis

w/c 8 January 2024

Zoom session 3 (Feedback) - 2.5 hours

Session for musicians to share their work, get feedback, and collaborate

14 and 15 February

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff (all 15 artists)

Meet with the creative team, watch the dress rehearsal (TEAM Social).

Recording in the studio

w/c 19 February

Further recording in the studio

17 February

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Feral Fest performance (3 Cardiff artists)

29 February

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Feral Fest performance (3 Aberystwyth artists)

7 March

Pontio, Bangor

Feral Fest performance (all 15 artists)

13 March

Ffwrnes, Llanelli

Feral Fest performance (3 Llanelli artists)

21 March

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

Feral Fest performance (3 Brecon artists)

How to apply

We encourage you to apply in whatever way you feel most comfortable and confident. This might be in a video, audio message or by email. Whatever format you choose, please tell us in no more than 3 minutes or up to 600 words:

  • Your relevant experience (referencing the ‘who we are looking for’ section above)
  • Why you are interested in working with NTW on Feral Fest
  • Please also include a video or recording of a track.

If you would like to speak to someone about this brief, please contact Josh Whyte, by email joshwhyte@nationaltheatrewales.org or call 07852 690 751.

Please send expressions of interest by 10am on 1 December to team@nationaltheatrewales.organd complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

We may hold short, informal conversations w/c 4 December, and we aim to communicate with all applicants the outcome of their expression of interest by 8 December.