We are thrilled to announce our brand new Spring-Summer 2018 season. Two premieres, two brilliant companies, and a festival of big and bold ideas. And you can grab the first 100 tickets of every show for 25% off.
Here’s our Artistic Director Jay Miller on the season:
“Everything is new. Each feels brimming. Each work feels vital. All the artists we are working with are ready to show us our world from a different angle in these brand new works. In an age when the real feels unreal, we are presenting shows that are over-real, hyper-real, surreal.”
In March we kick off the season with a bang the premiere of a new show written by Yard Artistic Associate Josh Azouz, in a long-awaited return after the critically-acclaimed The Mikvah Project in 2015 (★★★★ Time Out, The Stage). Buggy Baby is a playfully dark horror comedy about trauma and family in East London and will be directed by the award-winning Ned Bennett, director of ★★★★★ An Octoroon (Orange Tree Theatre), Pomona (★★★★★ National Theatre) and Yen (★★★★★ Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester).
In April, Empty Space Peter Brook award-winning Company Three bring their inspirationally brilliant teenagers back to The Yard with a show about teenage relationships performed by teenagers: The Act. These teenagers will show us vulnerability, intimacy, subsequent embarrassment, and learning to love. Here’s what Company Three have to say about the show:
“The Act could only be made by a group of brave, risk-taking teenagers, and by a company that have developed their relationships as part of Company Three for almost a decade. They’re now ready to put those relationships in front of an audience, and I can’t think of a better stage to do it on.”
Then there’s a festival of new work, Live Drafts, in which twenty artists will share an idea over two weeks in double bills. In a new twist on the previous format of First Drafts (happening now!), some of the performances will be the first time an idea has been shared and others will be a second or third iteration. The festival is open submission, and we’re welcoming submissions RIGHT NOW.
In May we are beyond excited to welcome the brilliant RashDash who are going going to explode Chekhov’s Three Sisters, then pick the pieces off the stage and transform them into a celebration of female voices and power. The show will open at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre before making its London premiere at The Yard – and here’s what RashDash have to say about it:
“Traditionally The Yard does not put on classics.
Traditionally RashDash does not put on classics.
Accordingly, this will be anything but traditional.
Finally we end the season with a A New And Better You, written by Joe Harbot and directed by Yard Artistic Associate Cheryl Gallacher. It will be a cutting and hilarious takedown of the culture of self-improvement, betterment, wellness and what society expects of us as individuals.
We are so proud of this season, our first since winning the final Peter Brook Empty Space Award for innovation in theatre. We can’t wait to share these shows with you.