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Theatre for Young Audiences – Venue Programmers Consortium

Next Meeting: 

At this time, it is of course not possible to meet as we would normally do, but following our successful Zoom meetings since lockdown began in March 2020, we have scheduled our seventh virtual meeting.

This will be on TUESDAY 11th MAY 10.30-11.45am.

If you or colleagues would like to attend, please let us know in advance, and we can send you the zoom link.

Email: chris[@]halfmoon.org.uk

As usual, there will be loose agenda for the discussion which will emerge but to counter-balance some of our concerns and issues that we are naturally dealing with at the moment, we are asking those attending to think about what they’re particularly excited about working on at this time, and how thoughts on TYA programming may be changing/developing.

Plus, after the popularity at the last few meetings where we experienced some short pitches (and attempting to bring back a feel of our usual a mix of conversation and experiencing work back to our gatherings), we will have again three 5 minute presentations as part of the mix followed by a Q and A; details will be published nearer to the date of the meeting….


Chris Elwell

On behalf of the TYA Venue Programmers Consortium



General Information 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
3.30pm: end

The Consortium is only open to programmers across the country. 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. The consortium is managed by Half Moon on behalf of the TYA sector.