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Theatre for Young Audiences – Venue Programmers Consortium

Next Meeting:

at Watermans, 40 High Street, Brentford TW8 0DS

on Thursday 13 December from 11am to 3pm.

This is our quarterly meeting 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 hopefully some lively discussions. It is great that we are able to visit Watermans, so thanks to Jo Belloli and her colleagues there in advance for hosting.

The schedule for the day will run as follows:

10.45am for 11am start: Please go directly to Studio 1, the room on the right as you enter through the Main Entrance. Watermans’ Main Entrance is above ground level, accessed via the stone steps to the left of the building and above car park. Coffee and teas will be available in the Studio.

11am – 12.45pm: General Meeting

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Lunch. Downstairs, Watermans informal Indian restaurant, Guru, is offering us a generously discounted light lunch at £4.

1.30pm – 2.30pm: Performance of Lyngo Theatre’s new production, Heart of Winter for 3-8s

2.30pm-2.45pm: Brief Q&A with Lyngo Theatre

2.45pm-3pm: Brief outlining of the wider Watermans offer with Director, Jan Lennox. Over and above what is delivered and served in situ within the venue, through partnership funding Watermans runs an impressive outdoor national and international arts performance programme, now in two locations in west London, and an extensive community arts programme in the borough of Hounslow.

3pm: Close of day, but you are of course warmly welcomed to stay on informally to enjoy the wintry riverside setting of the café if there is further catching up to be done.

About the work we are seeing:

Lyngo Theatre – Heart of Winter for 3-8s. A seasonal, musical tale celebrating the return of Winter and the joy of snow! With themes of nurture, family, friendship and seasonal changes with a nod (unexpectedly pertinent to Summer 2018) to reflection upon our climate and living within our natural environment, this new production by Lyngo Theatre premieres on 8 December with the intention to stay in Lyngo’s extensive touring repertoire

Click here to find out more about Heart of Winter at Watermans


Getting there:

Watermans is located on the River Thames in Brentford, west London. It’s not as far out as it may seem, and with careful journey planning it’s relatively easy to get out to TW8.

Public Transport

Simplest is to come by train, using South Western Railway service to Kew Bridge Station.

Watermans is a 7 minute walk from Kew Bridge Station. Trains with destination to Weybridge or Hounslow (NB) via Brentford can be taken from Waterloo (28 mins), Vauxhall (23 mins), Clapham Junction (18 mins). There are 4 trains per hour.

Turn right, out of the station. When walking along, if you cross over the road you will have a riverside walk.


Kew Gardens (District line, Richmond branch or The Overground ) from where you would need a very short walk to Kew Road and pick up the 65 Bus

South Ealing (Piccadilly line, Heathrow branch) from where you also take the 65 bus.

Gunnersbury (District line, Richmond branch or The Overground) from where you take the 237 or 267 bus


Buses are frequent, and all journeys would be between 5-10 minutes


However, overall journeys by a combination of Tube and Bus will take much longer.

If coming by car, there is underground parking available. Initial hour is free of charge, beyond that it is Pay & Display. It might be possible to arrange a Visitor permit. Please let Jo Belloli know if you are planning to come by car.

Click here for other and further information from Watermans website: www.watermans.org.uk


Please note that on this occasion the 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.