What the press are saying on These are your lives.

★★★★ “A bold, sharp debut from new dance company Geste Records”
The Stage

★★★★  “Well worth experiencing.” Hackney Gazette

★★★★ “Heartbreaking, funny and discomforting all at once.”
Exeunt 

“Tom Cruise’s ridiculous media-friendly artifice is deconstructed, smile by smile, finger gun by finger gun.”
Churlish Meg

 

Tickets are selling fast for These are your lives. You can book online here.

The Yard needs you!

We are looking for volunteers to help with the smooth running of events at The Yard. You’ll be able to see how our shows are brought to an audience, gain vital experience in a customer facing role, and get to meet with members of The Yard team. There’s complimentary tickets, and even a cheeky discount thrown in for you as well!

For more information, and to apply, please see our Work With Us  page.

A day in the life of…Cat Gray

Cat

Cat Gray is the General Manager at The Yard. She looks after the building, bar and kitchen staff, books in our fantastic chef residencies, and is also our go-to finance whizkid. We caught up with her to find out what an average day looks like.

“I usually wake up at 7:15am, shower, have my compulsory cup of tea, and two pieces of toast with jam.

I’m out of the house by 8:45am and on the train for 9:00am. I like to read on my journey, and I’ll give most fiction a go, but I love a good mystery. I get to Hackney Wick for about 9:45 am and first things first: Heather, our marketing officer usually makes everyone a cup of tea – we’re tea addicts at The Yard in case you hadn’t guessed! Then I check my emails for anything urgent.

My day hugely depends on what we’ve got going on in the theatre or bar, but regular jobs for me include processing the bar and box office takings, paying suppliers, or I’ll be doing payroll or an exciting VAT return!

I normally make my lunch at home, and often it’s leftovers from the night before. (Yardies usually tease me about my leftover moussaka, but they’re just jealous.)

My afternoon can include anything from meetings with colleagues and staff I manage, to writing contracts for events or hires. At The Yard we do a range of events from film festivals, to club nights, to weddings, so there’s always a new challenge. Right now I’m working on updating our front of house procedures, and putting a volunteer pack together.

At 5:30 I brief our front of house staff about the evening’s performance. Then at 6:00pm it’s off home, or to the theatre- I’ll often have a press night to attend. Otherwise, I love eating out, and I’ve just got a new taste card, so I’m trying to work my way through the restaurants that accept them!”