We’ve got a little secret…

We’re having a BIG party…

And you’re invited!

TONIGHT (Saturday 24th November) // 9pm- 3am // Free entry.

This is your last chance to catch Fish Tales in the theatre, Ravi’s Indian Bistro in the Yard Kitchen,
and the legendary DJ Hehtz & 5 Pockets in the bar, playing disco and electric trash into the early hours.

There will be dancing. There will be drinking. There will be good times.

See you at the bar!

Join The Yard Team in 2013: We’re Recruiting an Executive Producer!

The Yard is looking for an Executive Producer to work in collaboration with the Artistic Director and the Board of Trustees. The Executive Producer is a role that will suit someone who wants to join an exciting, emerging arts organisation.

This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to develop a close working relationship with the Artistic Director and to lead The Yard into the future.

Download the Job Description here.

CV and Covering letter to be submitted by 30th November at noon.

We won an award!

We are surprised, delighted and absolutely chuffed with a cherry on top to have won the Dan Crawford Award for Innovation at the Empty Space Awards earlier this week… what a lovely honour and testament to the hard work of our little team!

And now that we’ve started telling you about it we might as well throw modesty right out the window and show you the speech about us that was read out by Time Out’s Andrzej Lukowski…

Ok, now we’re blushing!

“Dan Crawford Innovation Award 2012: Nominee- The Yard”

“Home to the London Olympics and the world’s third largest population of hipsters, East London has a lot going for it. But with the noble exception of the Arcola, it’s an area of the capital that’s bizarrely bereft of new writing and fringe theatre venues.
This winner of this award, then, first and foremost deserves a pat on the back for going where few others will and opening a fully programmed new fringe space in deepest darkest Hackney Wick.
Led by Artistic Director Jay Miller, The Yard offers a refreshing programme of experimental leaning theatre that has, since opening last year, had plenty of hits- notable LiveArtShow’s two excellent avant-garde opera- the odd intriguing miss and Heaven is a Place on Earth, a kaleidoscopic festival of performance named after a Belinda Carlisle song. The Yard is about new writing and new ideas about staging fringe theatre and for that alone it should be commended.
But there’s more to The Yard than just its programme. It would be a shame if London’s pub theatres died out, but that’s an old model from a different time. The Yard is what the future looks like: a 130 seat venue designed by Practice Architects, made from scratch from reclaimed materials, with a great bar- at which you can buy a £2 tinny of beer or a professionally made cocktail- and probably the best food on the London fringe, with an affordable menu that rotates with productions. And in an age where some fringe theatres will happily charge over £20 for a ticket, The Yard’s tickets are less than a tenner a pop.
There has been a lot of talk of urban regeneration in East London following the Olympics, and time will only tell what will happen there. But as the gates of the Olympic Stadium remain locked and the Olympic legacy undecided, The Yard is already offering a shining example of cultural and structural renewal in Hackney Wick, as well as an exemplary model for how to start a new fringe theatre in the twenty-tens.”

The Fish Tales of Alaska opens this week!

Here at The Yard we are preparing for the very last show in our season- The Fish Tales of Alaska, which opens tomorrow night.
Fish Tales is a beautiful and poignant show, and its startling relevance has been highlighted this week as Hurricane Sandy has devastated much of the Caribbean and East Coast of America.

As the World’s climate shifts to accommodate a growing population, The Fish Tales of Alaska tells the story of Man’s sacred and volatile relationship with the sea.

In 40 years there may be no more fish. What will the fishermen of Alaska do then?
Come and see…


Mythology meets reality in a tidal wave of dance, documentary, performance and mesmerising live choral music to explore the very real impact of Man’s exploitation of The World’s Oceans.

50% of The Great Barrier Reef has been destroyed in the last 30 years.
Levels of Arctic sea ice have reached a record low.
.The UN estimates that over 70% of the world’s fish stocks are either fully exploited or depleted.

This beguiling and consuming new production asks: How did we lose our way so badly? And is it too late to put things right?

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