Jay Miller talks shop

We caught up with The Yard’s Artistic Director, Jay Miller, to find out more about the shows in this year’s Autumn Season, opening in September.

Here’s what he had to say…

We’ve announced two shows in the Autumn Season so far; These are your lives. and The Hundred We Are. Both shows explore identity, and the process of telling your own story – although they approach this in entirely different ways.

These are your lives. takes its starting point from an infamous interview of Tom Cruise that happened on The Oprah Winfrey Show a few years ago. Through a process of deconstruction, it becomes a show about the way in which celebrities manifest different aspects of themselves for different purposes. There’s a live choir to accompany the interview, dancers that emerge out of the set of The Oprah Winfrey Show, and a series of beautiful films; it’s a very visually interesting show for audiences. I guess what These are your lives. points at is how most people are no different from those celebrities: we all resemble many different people at different points in our lives.

The Hundred We Are, is a playful and very funny experiment with the theatricality of the stage. The actors are constantly making their character, their person and their identity in front of our eyes. The show is about one woman, played by three actors, who try to tell the story of her life. As the piece develops, the three women’s stories begin to contradict one another, and tensions emerge between them. I think this playful presentation of a life story is brilliant in portraying a very 21st Century phenomenon: the process of reinventing ourselves, of trying to make our personal story seem better than it is. I think watching the show we begin to see how our lives are not just one story, they are not coherent hollywood biopics, but rather a series of contradictory episodes. The show has bags of energy, with an incredibly beautiful set as well, and I’m really looking forward to it.


You can book for our Autumn Season here, and if you book before 26th August, tickets are just £10!

Casting announcement – These are your lives.

As These are your lives. is now in rehearsal, we thought it was time for you to meet the cast. 

Brian Gillespie Colour

 Brian Gillespie trained at University of East London/Columbia College Chicago in Dance and Theatre  Studies. Brian is the artistic director and choreographer for London-based B-Hybrid Dance and recently  produced his first show Between the Lines (Stratford Circus). Brian has worked professionally with companies  and organisations such as Sadler’s Wells, About Face Theatre Chicago, East London Dance, LaughDance UK,  Barrowland Ballet Scotland and more.



 Jack JohnsJack Johns trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre includes; Muswell Hill (White Bear) Love Girl  and The Innocent (Southwark Playhouse) Cover Her Face (InkyCloak) Othello (Bussey Building-nominated for  best actor, Iago, Off  West End Awards) Peter Panic (Pleasance) Git (Rich Mix) Brightest and Best (Half Moon)  Through the Night (Finborough  Theatre), My Previous Self (Wardrobe Theatre), Orphans (Trafalgar Studios), Peer Gynt (The Yard Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Circomedia, Bristol), Cinderella (Redgrave Theatre, Bristol) and Something Out Of Nothing (Bristol Old Vic).


1-Ottillie Parfitt Colour Headshot Ottillie Parfitt  studied theatre  and clowning at the University of Alberta in Canada. New work that she has co-created and performed internationally includes: The Mole: A Tale of Wretched William & Murdered Mary (Skratcz Studios) and Fierce: A Grotesque Burlesque (co-produced by Fireraisers & Nightingale Theatre)Theatre includes: Some Girls (Teatro Technis),The Body (Nigel & Louise), You Me Bum Bum Train (YMBBT), Marked (Shunt Lounge), Iron Woman (nextfest), Frost With Bite (Northern Light Theatre), Lion in the Streets (Second Playing Space), and The Queens (The Corner Stage).  Radio and television includes: Stormin’ Jack Norman (Reasonance FM), and Stalked  (Acme Television). She was part of the original cast for This is your life. at the Yard Theatre, directed by Alexander Rennie in 2013.


lilian-schiffer-headshot Lilian Schiffer trained with East 15 Acting School in 2012. Theatre includes: In the Beginning Was the End  (Somerset House), Hamlyn (Space Theatre), Cymbeline, An Absolute Turkey, and Rhinoceros. Radio and film i  includes: Great War Diaries (BBC 2) and the award-winning feature film Rosenstrasse directed by Margarethe  von Trotta.  She was part of the original cast for This is your life. at the Yard Theatre, directed by Alexander  Rennie in 2013.



These are your lives.

Incorporating a verbatim script courtesy of Tom Cruise, re-interpreted iconic film scenes and a live choral soundtrack, These are your lives. tells the story of celebrity; its birth, its life, its destruction and its resurrection. Set in a chat-show studio, identity becomes an illusion and performance compulsive in this dark and spectacular show about a man caught in the spectacular apertures of show culture.

£10 early bird tickets are available until 26 August. Click here to book.