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Theatre for Young Audiences – Venue Programmers Consortium


Next Meeting: 

We are delighted to confirm that our next gathering will be at Cambridge Junction, Cambridge CB1 7GX on Monday 17 June from 11am until 4pm.

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 Cambridge Junction so thanks to Daniel Kok and his colleagues in advance for hosting. Please put this date in your diary. We will send out a reminder nearer the time.

The schedule for the day will run as follows:

11.00am for 11:30am start: Please go directly to the Cambridge Junction into our Studio Theatre, there will be tea and coffee available.

11:30am – 1.30pm: General Meeting

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Lunch (see below).

2:30pm – 4.00pm: Short presentations, performance extracts and pitches from artists currently making family work.

Established in 2016, Forest Tribe Dance Theatre is an innovative, interactive dance theatre company making immersive shows for children. The show has just completed a first short tour of libraries in March 2019​. The company are currently planning a tour for late Summer/Autumn 2019 and into 2020. Alluriat is performed in a unique mobile venue which can be quickly erected in almost any space.

Alluriat will take you down into the deep. Meet creatures of light never seen before. But beware, you may transform into a fish! A tale of twins torn apart by a fearsome storm. Will they find light in the depths? Children will meet the characters before entering their sunken world.

Lost Property is a new show for library, community and non-traditional spaces from Full House Theatre. Written by Yasmeen Khan, the piece has been developed in partnership with Luton Culture and The Spark Arts for Children and completes its first short tour in June. The company hope to tour the work again in 2020.

Join our little detective as she investigates the bits and pieces in her Lost Property Office. From suitcases to cricket bats, treasures come from Pakistan, England and all the places in between.  This is a show about misplaced objects and the tales they have to tell.

International Art Clown and Giggle Doctor Jamie Wood is a performer and director with a strong record in creating striking and accessible theatre. His work reflects a training combining fine art, theatre, clown and dance and ranges from the comic and darkly surreal plays of The Frequency D’Ici (Paperweight, Fringe First 2008) to the physical and visual poetics of Petra’s Pulse (Aegean Fatigue, National Review of Live Art 2008). Narky Sizzle and the Coconuts is a new show for children.

Nod at the Fox are a puppetry theatre company based in Cambridgeshire. They create shows where the puppets, lighting, storytelling and action are all in the control of the performers onstage. PEA is a family puppetry show for children 5+. The show is currently in the midst of an R and D phase with previews in April/May, and will be available for theatre and community space touring in 2020.

Tiffany is twisting and turning and her mind won’t stop whirring, she just can’t fall asleep! As a fairy tale enthusiast she knows that the only thing that keeps people awake is a PEA hidden underneath her bed.

ThisEgg makes intimate theatre that connects with audiences, moving them to laugh, cry and imagine; prompting them to ask big questions about the world we live in. ​Their work includes Googles and most recently the critically acclaimed piece for young people, My & My Bee. The Family Sex Show or Let’s Make Lüv is being developed with Stefanie Mueller and in association with Hoipolloi is being billed as a

family comedy about sex, pleasure & love.

We want to fill in for what the state can’t (or doesn’t choose to) teach & widen the conversation. A fun and silly performance where parents and children are invited to laugh at the oh-so-serious and painfully AWKWARD subject of sex.

4.00pm – 4.15pm: Optional tour of Cambridge Junction.

4.30pm: Close of Day, but you are warmly welcomed to stay on informally in the studio where will continue to provide tea and coffee.


Getting there:

By Train

Cambridge Junction is less than ten minutes’ walk from Cambridge Railway Station.

Turn left out of the station on to Station Place, walk for a few minutes before turning right on to Brookgate. Turn left by the Co-op on to Hills Road and walk over the railway bridge. As you pass over the bridge, you will see Cambridge Junction on your left.

Access can be gained via the stairs from the bridge or by continuing across the bridge and turning left into Cherry Hinton Road and across Cambridge Leisure Plaza.

By Car

From the South (London & M25) – M25, M11

From the North West (Huntingdon, Peterborough & Northampton) – A14 then M11

From the West (Bedford, St Neots & Milton Keynes) – A428 then M11

From the East (Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich & Norwich) – A11, A14, M11

From all directions outside Cambridge go to Junction 11 on the M11 and take the A1309 into Cambridge for several miles. At the second set of major traffic lights, turn right into Long Road. At the next major traffic lights turn left into Hills Road. After half a mile turn right into Cherry Hinton Road. Turn left unto Clifton Road. After approx 200 metres you will arrive at Clifton Way on your left which leads to Cambridge Junction. For Sat Nav users, our postcode is CB1 7GX.


If coming by car, there is parking available nearby in both paid car parks and free parking in our private car park. Please contact Cambridge Junction if you are coming by car as we may be able to arrange venue parking in our yard, subject to availability.

All rooms at the Cambridge Junction are wheelchair accessible.

Details see: https://www.junction.co.uk/


We are happy to offer a complimentary lunch which will include vegetarian and vegan options. If you wish to purchase your own we also have local shops such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s within 5 minute walk from Cambridge Junction, as well as fast food options such as Five Guys, Nando’s and Subway. Please feel free to bring your own as well, we have a staff microwave which you are more than welcome to use.

The Consortium is only open to programmers across the country. If you want to attend this meeting or are are interested in being part of this group, please make a request initially to Chris Elwell. The consortium is managed by Half Moon on behalf of the TYA sector.


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.