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From the 21st May, York Theatre Royal will become the hub of an exciting three-week festival run entirely by a team of enthusiastic under-26 year olds.
TakeOver is the only scheme in the country that allows young people to completely run a professional theatre by themselves, taking on every role from managing backstage to programming and marketing the Festival. Three years in, TakeOver has become a regular fixture in the Theatre’s calendar, and has provided an opportunity for over 100 young people to take the creative reins of a major regional theatre.
TakeOver thrives by encouraging risk and nurturing creativity, and this year is no exception: the 2012 TakeOver team are proud to present an exciting line-up of theatre, comedy, dance and music for all York Theatre audiences.
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As part of this year’s programme we are pleased to include a broad range of workshops for all ages. From stage combat, to a devising and physicality workshop with the acclaimed physical theatre company Frantic Assembly, to a children’s two-day workshop creating a piece of theatre based around the ideas of forming a new society and Utopian worlds; there’s something for everybody.
Looking for something to entertain the kids? Take your pick from our range of children’s shows in our half-term programme: Fringe favourites The Flanagan Collective present William and Polly, two interlinking plays where the audience are at the heart of the story, and William and Polly need the audience’s help on their adventures through magical worlds. Or join Josette and her Papa in an apartment in Paris as they let their imaginations run away with them – Peut-être Theatre use music and physical theatre in This Is A That to explore what it’s like to dance with your ears or eat a piece of the moon…
TakeOver is a Festival run entirely by young people for the whole community. Our programme this year has a wider range of shows than ever before and the team is looking forward to some truly spectacular shows reaching a diverse audience.
York Theatre Royal’s scheme TakeOver Festival returns, supported by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council England and York City Council to encourage young theatre practitioners to get involved in all aspects of the Theatre.
The theatre will be run run by under 26s, everything from box office management, program scheduling, to marketing is undertaken by young volunteers.
... and what a programme they have put together take a look...
The TakeOver Festival returns to York in May ready to explode onto stage.
You Like It from TakeOver’s Artistic Director, Andra Catincescu. One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies receives a fascinating reworking, setting it in the glittering world of Romany gypsies. Get lost in the exhilaratingly fast Romany music and join the lovers on their journey deeper into the Forest of Arden…
If it’s dance you’re after, then the Northern School of Contemporary Dance will present Verve 12, a dynamic and innovative new dance show performed by some of Europe’s most talented young dancers.
One of the hottest tickets around is Tender Napalm, Philip Ridley’s breathtaking new play about love in the face of catastrophe, named as one of the best shows by The Observer, Time Out and the Guardian. A double-bill from Actors Touring Company is a perfect example of dynamic contemporary theatre in Britain today, with Sarah Kane’s powerful Crave and an English language debut comedy from foremost Russian playwright Ivan Vyrypaev, Illusions.
Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate from 1999 – 2000, will be coming to York Theatre Royal for a reading from his eagerly-awaited novel, Silver, a sequel to Treasure Island,
TakeOver Festival gives young people an opportunity to work in jobs which wouldn’t otherwise be available until much later in their careers.
To see the full schedule visit the Festivals website at
The Festival is from 21st May to 9th June.
Ticket prices will range from £15 to £8, with concessions and the theatre’s under-26 discount available.
Tickets are now on sale and going fast. To get yours call our Box Office on 01904 623568 or online at
his latest collection of poetry, The Cinder Path, and his autobiography, In The Blood. For more poetry, check out Richard Marsh’s solo show, Skittles, a melding of prose and poetry resulting in a moving show about love, trans-America road trips and learning to put yourself back together again.
To celebrate the bi-centenary year of Dickens’ birth, Hotbuckle Productions give you Great Expectations, an exciting new adaptation of one of Dickens’ greatest novels. Also in the Studio is Scarberia, a brand new piece of theatre commissioned especially for TakeOver by exclusive residency Forward Theatre Project, in association with Paines Plough. Working with young people from both Scarborough, England, and Scarborough, Canada, the Forward Theatre team have created an explosive new play about how events on one side of the world can affect a town an ocean away.
Paines Plough present Wasted in the Main House, an intoxicating trip through the raves, cafés and parks of South London. Kate Tempest, the UK’s most exciting performance poet, provides a lyrical and powerful account of what it’s like to live in a world with no rules, where life is what you make it.