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Theatre for Young Audiences – Venue Programmers’ Consortium


Half Moon is pleased to lead the nationwide network of venue programmers focusing on theatre/dance work for young audiences. Our Director, Chris Elwell, coordinates the Consortium in partnership with Jo Belloli (Polka Theatre).


Next Meeting

The next session will be at Ovalhouse, London on Wednesday 28 June 2017 from 11.30am to 3.30pm. 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 to Ovalhouse who have started to explore family/YPT more fully, so thanks Owen Calvert-Lyons @ Oval in advance for hosting.

The schedule for the day will run as follows:

From 11am – 11.30am: Meet in the Ovalhouse foyer for tea & coffee
11.30am – 1.30pm: General Meeting
1.30pm – 2pm: Lunch.  Please feel free to bring your own lunch or we can recommend lots of local café’s nearby.
2.00pm -3.00pm – Work in progress performance + feedback discussion – details to follow.
3pm – For those who are interested there is an opportunity to hear about the plans for Ovalhouse’s new building opening in Brixton in 2019.
3.30pm – End

Ovalhouse is just around the corner from Oval Tube Station. For directions to the venue see: http://www.ovalhouse.com/getting-here

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 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.