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Theatre for Young Audiences – Venue Programmers’ Consortium

Next Meeting

…… will be at Pegasus Theatre, Oxford on Thursday 22 March, 2018 from 11.30am to 4pm.

This is our quarterly gathering to match the rhythm of season programming, so an opportunity to bring brochures, reflect on work seen and discuss potential collaborative programming opportunities etc. etc., and of course lively discussions. It is great that we are able to venture out of London and have a chance to be at a very young people/family focused organisation, so thanks to Corinne and her team @ Pegasus in advance for hosting. So please put this date in your diary. We will send out a reminder to colleagues nearer the time.

The schedule for the day will run as follows:

From 11.15am – 11.30am: Meet  for tea & coffee etc.

11.30am – 1.30pm: General Meeting

1.30pm – 2.15pm: Lunch. The Pegasus Cafe has a range of healthy & freshly prepared food available to purchase on the day

2.15pm-2.45pm – Tour of building / theatre (Corinne Micallef)

2.45pm  – 3.40pm (Q and A until 4pm) – Pegasus Theatre presents: Under My Skin

4pm – End


About the work:

Under My Skin follows the story of Bella, an adolescent girl, with a crush on Sean, the fittest cleverest boy in the whole school. The only problem is she’s never spoken a word to him.  Bella discovers that Sean is self-harming and instead of obsessing over him she becomes his friend. After a series of well-meaning mistakes and false starts, Bella learns the value of listening and Sean takes the first step towards getting help.

Commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council’s Public Health Directorate, Under My Skin is a fast-paced, funny and hard-hitting play about self-harm, touring to schools and venues across the county. For audiences 12+. Directed by: Corinne Micallef. Written by: Ali Taylor

Getting there: Pegasus is a 25 minute journey from the rail station. You can catch the 1 or 5 bus from outside of the station to Magdalen Road East, which is a short walk from the theatre. Please find journey details here. Or see the website: http://pegasustheatre.org.uk/

Note, on this occasion, that this meeting will not be live-streamed.



NOTE: Meetings are open to programmers only. If you are interested in being part of this group or attending our next meeting (details above), please make a request initially to Chris Elwell.


About the TYA Venue Programmers’ Consortium

The Consortium is for people across the country who programme work for children and young people into their venue, into touring networks, community, rural or local authority spaces. The sessions are scheduled quarterly and aim to provide a space to discuss work, latest trends and explore collaborative programming, and, importantly, provide a networking opportunity. The group is unconstituted, non-minuted and is without a formal agenda working to Chatham House Rules providing an open, safe space for discussion. The group first met in 1990, and has met regularly since then with a broad membership of around 75 venues, averaging about 35/40 attendees at each meeting.

The host venue for meetings rotates across Consortium members who provide an opportunity to watch a piece of work as part of the day. This varies from a piece in development to a full production.

A typical gathering follows this pattern (times can vary):
10.30am: meet, teas/coffees etc.
11am: main meeting
1pm: lunch
1.30pm: opportunity to see performance / work share / work-in-progress at host venue and meet the company/short discussion
3pm: end

The Consortium is open to any programmer. If you are interested in being part of this group or attending our next meeting (details above), please make a request initially to Chris Elwell.