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TYA Programmers

Theatre for Young Audiences – Venue Programmers Consortium

Next Meeting: 

THURSDAY 24th MARCH – 11am-3pm.

The day will be as follows:

10.45 – Meet for teas/coffees in the Clore Studio, where the meeting takes place

11 – Meeting – a conversation reflecting on work seen and future programming opportunities etc. etc., so be ready for lively discussions. Please bring brochures to share with those present.

12.45 – Lunch Polka Café (will your café be open – a 20% discount will be available to everyone attending) or bring your own

1.30 – Watch Ready Steady Go in the new Adventure Theatre. Details about the show – see: https://polkatheatre.com/event/ready-steady-go/

2.15 – Q and A with the company, followed by a full tour of the newly refurbished theatre with Pete

3 – end

For directions/location of Polka see this link / click the icon VISIT:


Thanks to Pete and his team at Polka for offering to host.


FOR REFERENCE, after consultation with the group, we have decided to make this the first in person session since the pandemic struck in 2020. We will still continue with the very popular zoom chat and pitch sessions going forward, as the 7 that took place over the lockdown have proven very popular and there is an overwhelming desire for them to continue. The intention is to continue with our 3 monthly-ish meeting pattern with at least 1 a year being in person.

PLEASE NOTE, this day must be booked in advance and is only open to members of the consortium. If are presently not a member of this group who are drawn from venues, touring circuits and festivals across the UK and you are a programmer of work for young people / families and would like to participate, please make a request initially to Chris Elwell.


Chris Elwell & Katy Snelling
On behalf of the TYA Venue Programmers Consortium

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 un-constituted, 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.

In January 2022, after consultation with the group, we have decided to programme a blend of in person venue based and zoom ‘chat and pitching’ sessions. The intention is to continue with our 3 monthly-ish meeting pattern with at least 1 session a year being in person.

For zoom events, a typical session would take place between 10:30-11:45am, and include three/four 5 minute pitches of new or work in R and D looking for partners.

For in person, 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:
10.45am | Meet, teas and coffees etc.
11am | Main meeting
1pm | Lunch
1.30pm | Opportunity to see performance, work share  or work-in-progress at the host venue and meet the company for a short discussion.
3pm | End

The Consortium is only open to programmers from venues, touring circuits and festival 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 with support from Katy Snelling from Pegasus Theatre on behalf of the TYA sector.

Any questions? Get in touch!

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