Autumn Shows: BRENDA & LINES – Book Before 14 September & See Both For £20

Book your tickets before 14 September 2015 for both BRENDA & Lines for £20…

Jay Miller, Artistic Director and Founder, of multi-award winning theatre The Yard is delighted to announce two brand new shows for autumn 2015. BRENDA and LINES give audiences a chance to see two urgent female voices.

The intimate 110 seater warehouse space in Hackney Wick opens for autumn with BRENDA from Tuesday 22 September.

BRENDA is made by two of the UK’s most exciting theatre makers, E V Crowe (Kin, Hero) and Caitlin McLeod (And I and Silence). The play tells the story of two people trying to remain human in the face of extreme deprivation. The play transfers to The Yard following its run at HighTide Festival. Alison O’Donnell will be playing Brenda & Jack Tarlton will play Robert.

This is followed by LINES, a play about the consequences of peacetime. 2015 will be the first year the British Army won’t be at war for over a century, this is a play made in response to that prospect. LINES will portray five young civilians transforming into soldiers – but what do soldiers do when there’s no one to fight?

With explosive electric guitars, angelic choral singing and five young men all desperate to be a hero, LINES is directed by Artistic Director Jay Miller and written by Pamela Carter (Skåne, Confessions of a Justified Sinner) and looks set to follow the sold-out successes of other in-house shows at The Yard, Beyond Caring and The Mikvah Project. Both plays will be on sale at an affordable price with top-priced tickets at just £15.

LINES is kindly supported by the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, the Dischma Charitable Trust, the Leche Trust and the Royal Victoria Hall FoundationGoldsmiths’ Company Charity.

£20 Offer Terms and Conditions: The offer is automatically applied when you put at least 1 ticket for BRENDA & 1 ticket for Lines into your basket. The offer is valid until 14 September and is subject to availability. The offer may be withdrawn at The Yard’s discretion.




Weekends at The Yard are always exciting and this week we’re happy to announce another wicked line up, Paradise Loft and Risky Business.



Paradise Loft will be joining us once again for their summer soul special with guest DJ Al Dobson Jr. A Peckham local, Al has been making waves over the last 18 months with sold out records for both South London Collective 22a and Rhythm Section International , numerous high-profile DJ slots around the capital, an appearance on Boiler Room and even radio play from Gilles Peterson himself.

Paradise Loft are down to their last set of TICKETS, get yours now to avoid disappointment!


Risky Business, worldwide reunion will be back at The Yard for their second edition with residents Franck Alfier and Jeremy Duffy. Risky Business will also be joined by two of the best female selector’s Rita Maia, Lisbon-born London-based rhythm oracle Rita Maia is a DJ and broadcaster living on the epicentre of the new UK underground electronic scene; a dedicated music researcher spreading the sound that shapes the present time to the most attentive ears….”  

And Kristel Morin (Tribe Records) originally from Sydney, now residing in London, picked up her first set of turntables in 2002 and never looked back. Over the years she has provided Sydney and London with her own unique deep house flavour. Her sets represent the true sounds of New York Garage and House with a touch of afro.



theatre-resizeWe met up with Theatrefullstop founder, Lucy Basaba so she can tell us about how she teamed up with both emerging and established performers to bring you an unforgettable night of theatre this Thursday evening.

1. How did Theatre Fullstop start? 

I started Theatrefullstop in July 2013, after having written for life style blog, Yin and Yang for just over a year. Plenty of people had told me to start the blog sooner however I didn’t think there was a market for it. The inspiration for Theatrefullstop was to cover conventional as well as unconventional pieces of theatre, and to inform readers of what was available theatre wise in the UK. 2 years on, I’ve recruited a team of reviewers and we’re priviledged enough to be invited to theatre press nights and events.

2. Where do you see Theatre Fullstop going in the years to come?

In 5 years, I picture Theatrefullstop becoming international. As we speak, Theatrefullstop is in the process of establishing theatre contacts in Iceland, with the hopes of launching Theatrefullstop Iceland within the next few months. Theatrefullstop will also offer workshop opportunities at affordable prices to drama students, graduates, theatre professionals and those who just love going to the theatre. These will be workshops with a difference, from South Asian temple dance to Chinese face painting workshops. If Destination Eclectic goes well, then the hope is to have an annual theatre event showcasing established as well as up coming talent!

3. How do you enjoy finding and exploring new talent?

I enjoy discovering new talent, as in London alone there is a lot theatrically happening, no matter where you turn. It’s important to discover new talent, as it keeps the theatre scene alive, it challenges, it informs, it educates and entertains. So many people train at their craft for years, some never having the chance to showcase what they can truly do, so nights like this are pivotal to artistic development and confidence.

4. How would you describe you taste in music? 

In terms of music, I’d have to say I’m stuck in the early 2000s. I love my old school R n B, from Sisqo to Missy Elliot. I was brought up listening to soul classics from the 70s and 80s also, so artists such as Michael Jackson, Chic, Chaka Khan and Prince were all staples in my household.

5. What can people expect to see in your upcoming event this Thursday?

Forget about what you usually associate theatre to be. I’m usually asked if I’ve seen a list of West End shows, but theatre is more than that, there’s different genres. The evening will be international as well as eclectic. There will be spoken word, monologues, Balinese mask and dance, Indian dance and puppetry… where else would you expect to see that combination of theatre?

So why book a holiday when you can travel the world in a matter of hours? Come down to THEATREfullstop this Thursday 6pm till Late. 


Final Schedule For Ellie Harrison’s ‘This is What Democracy Looks Like!’

 This Is What Democracy Looks Like! gives you the opportunity to meet & greet your newly elected politicians at a roving roundtable discussion upon a bicycle built for seven. Hop on, decide on your direction and then travel together through the Olympic Park whilst discussing the issues that matter to you with the people in power.

Discussions hosted by:
Thursday 16 July
1pm – 2pm
Cllr Whitney Ihenachor
2pm – 3pm
Cllr Whitney Ihenachor
3pm – 4pm
Cllr Nick Sharman
4pm – 5pm
Cllr Guy Nicholson
5pm – 6pm
Cllr Richard Crawford
Friday 17 July
1pm – 2pm
Jim Fitzpatrick MP
2pm – 3pm
Meg Hillier MP
3pm – 4pm
Cllr Jessica Webb
4pm – 5pm
Cllr Christopher Kennedy
5pm – 6pm
Cllr Peter Golds
Saturday 18 July
1pm – 2pm
Stephen Timms MP
2pm – 3pm
Darren Johnson AM
3pm – 4pm
Cllr Rachel Blake
4pm – 5pm
Jennette Arnold AM
5pm – 6pm
Cllr Terry Paul
Meet on the hour outside:

Copper Box Arena
Copper Street
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
E20 3HB

Download the full programme here >

Featured in:

Time Out London – “Have it out with your local MP… on a seven-person bike”
The Guardian – “top ticket” for Thursday 16th July

Image courtesy of Eric Staller – inventor of the Conference Bike


the pit photo shop

The Pit London is a twosome team, consisting of Tramell “Darkstepper” Nicole and Alfred Ofori-Kumah, that have been running Live Hip Hop events since December.

They will be with us this Thursday to showcase the Grime and Hip Hop sounds of East London with a South London twist at The Yard.


1.       Can you tell us what The Pit Ldn is about?


Any new artist knows that the hardest part of getting into the scene is actually having promoters that give you the opportunity to showcase your music in front of an audience. We aim to break down that barrier and give those opportunities to upcoming artists and DJ’s. As well as providing a platform, we also know about having a good time which is why we carefully handpick the acts for each night to bring new and innovative line ups each time.


 2.       How did the collaboration with Wavey Ice fall into place?


Wavey Ice contacted us through Instagram (business in 2015!) asking how they could get involved in our events. We were also aware of their brand and really liked the ideas they were pushing so it came at a good time. After a few conversations we realised that we both shared a vision of what we would like a collaboration event to be. We are also huge fans of Sick Chirpse magazine so it felt right to work alongside them.


3.       How would you describe your taste in music?


Our taste in music is varied. Although we do mainly Hip Hop shows you can personally find us at every rave; from UK Bass nights to Bashment raves. We have no boundaries and we try to incorporate that within our Pit night. Stay locked as we will be looking to branch out into specialised nights very soon!


4.       How do you fell about the UK grime and Hip Hop scene today?


UK Grime and Hip Hop is in a really good place at the moment. With Co-signs from international players such as Drake, DJ Premier and A$AP Rocky, UK urban music is finally getting the worldwide recognition it deserves. We feel that there is a lot of healthy competition in the scene again which is in turn pushing up the quality. As a result of this, it felt like the perfect time for us to start The Pit.


5.       Where does The Pit see it’s self in 5 years?


In 5 years The Pit LDN should be a one stop shop for all of your entertainment needs. As well as being a successful events company we are looking to expand our reach into other sectors such as spoken word, networking and visual-arts events. We also have an overall vision running a Pit LDN record label. Running the Pit has given us a lot of access to a wide range of talented artists, producers, DJ’s and promoters which we feel would work perfectly for collaborative projects. One independent label we look up to is Soulection. They utilised the internet well and are now dominating the music scene whilst staying humble and positive


6.       Can you tell us about any upcoming events? 


Make sure you come down to The Pit to see how we do things – It’s always a good vibe and as long as you love music you’ll enjoy the night. We are doing back-to-back events on Saturday 8 August and will be our Dalston takeover. The first event will kick off at Birthdays with The Age of L.U.N.A; Lord Apex; Tee Stone & Sherika Sherard from 6pm – 10pm. Then we head across the road for a free afterparty at Tipsy Bar from 10pm-3am with Complexion, SELVSSE, Darkstepper, Donch & DJ Pharaoh G. This is an all night affair so make sure you’re ready! Nothing but Good Vibes and Energy. You can find more details HERE

Follow The Pit on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to hear of their new and upcoming adventurers. 

See you at The Pit!        6pm – Late | £3 on the door. 




Interview: Ellie Harrison on ‘This Is What Democracy Looks Like!’ #WalkieTalkies

This week from 16-18 July Ellie Harrison is bringing democracy to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The 7 seater bike will be in the park from Thursday with 15 MPs, councillors & London Assembly members who are kindly taking part.

We asked her to spill the beans about her work to delve deeper into this political experiment for the people…

Tell us a bit about yourself & your work…

I’m a visual artist and activist based in Glasgow. Over the last few years I’ve been organising more and more events and performances involving groups of people as active participants, such as High Street Casualties: Ellie Harrison’s Zombie Walk staged in Birmingham City Centre in April, Dark Days for which I invited 100 people spend the night together at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow on Friday 13th February, and, last summer’s The Global Race – a mini Olympics on Segways in Berlin. It’s because of projects like these, I guess, that I now find myself now working with a theatre this summer to create This Is What Democracy Looks Like! I try to entice people to take part in my projects, by offering fun / gimmicky experiences (in this case, the opportunity to travel around the Olympic Park on a seven-seater bike), which I hope will then become something more provocative and profound (because of the interesting discussions that happen on board).


High Street Casualties: Ellie Harrison’s Zombie Walk from Ellie Harrison on Vimeo.

What’s your favourite thing about being an artist?

It has to be getting to travel and meet so many new and interesting people. That’s why I’m increasingly drawn to organising these sorts of events. I call them “social inclusions projects for a socially-engaged artist.” Haha!

Tell us a bit about your Walkie Talkie piece. What can we expect to see & experience?

This Is What Democracy Looks Like! makes use of the Conference Bike – a seven-seater bicycle designed by American artist Eric Staller, so that all its passengers are facing each other and can take part in a group discussion on equal terms. There are not many of these bikes in Europe, and they mostly seemed to be used to offer tourists boozy city cruises (I saw one in Berlin last summer doing just that). The idea of the project is to put the bike to better use, by using it as a public platform for people from the local area to meet and discuss their ideas and concerns with their elected representatives – their councillors, their MPs or their London Assembly members. The event makes visible the staid conventional politician’s “surgery”, transforming it into a fun and engaging experience for all. We have fifteen brilliant politicians lined up to host our “roving roundtable discussions” across Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th July. Please come on down and join us! Just show up on the hour outside the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park to get on board for a chat (plus a bit of light exercise – no cycling experienced required!)

How did the idea for your event come about? Who or what inspired you to make this experience for people?

This year, particularly, I’ve been looking for simple ways to make visible complex economic problems or political ideas. My recent project in Cardiff There’s nothing More Unequal than Equality amongst Unequals attempts to explore different interpretations of the concept of ‘equality’ – contrasting the ‘equality of opportunity’ and the ‘equality of outcome’ favoured by different parts of the political spectrum. With This Is What Democracy Looks Like! I’m interested in looking at different ways of understanding ‘democracy’ – contrasting the concept of a ‘participatory democracy’ in which we have responsibility as citizens to actively contribute to the direction of our society and a ‘representative democracy’ like the one we live in, where we elect people to that hard work for us. Part of the research for this project has been to unpick and make sense of the layers of representation that exist in London, where every citizen has at least four people responsible for representing their views at various levels, from the local: Borough Councils and the London Assembly, to the national: the UK Parliament, to the international: the European Parliament. I’m making a map for the event programme to illustrate each of these.

What other events in the Walkie Talkies programme are you most looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to all of it. I’ve known Beckie Darlington for four years, since we worked together on the Desk Chair Disco in Newcastle in 2011. I know she has great taste and a brilliant sense of humour and will have put together a fantastic programme!

Desk Chair Disco from Ellie Harrison on Vimeo.



This week is another big weekend for us. Starting with Crimes Of The Future and then the highly anticipated Beauty And The Beauty 10 Years anniversary.



The brain children of Crimes Of The Future, Timothy J Fairplay and Scott Fraser, began their residency at The Berkeley Suite in Glasgow with a view to creating a home for “leftfield house & techno” as well as other outré sounds inspired by krautrock and dub.

Now continuing their nights with us, you won’t be disappointed as this pair will be on the decks all night long.


Celebrating their decade of psychedelic soul, deep disco, cosmic house, spiritual jazz, acid rock, global grooves and audiophile sound, Beauty And The Beat are ecstatic to announce their 10th anniversary party.

BATB’s 10th Anniversary Party will feature a live set from Woolfy, whose track ’17’ has become a much loved late-night tune at BATB since its release and they’ll be cracking out the champagne and luxury buffet in a New-Years-Eve style.

Cyril @ BATB 11_10_14 (3pm_5pm last set) by Belle Bete on Mixcloud

Free Booking Now Open – Meet Your MP On A 7 Seat Bike

Booking is now open for artist Ellie Harrison’s This Is What Democracy Looks Like! on Thursday 16 & Friday 17 July.

This is a unique opportunity to meet & greet your newly elected politicians at a roving roundtable discussion upon a bicycle built for seven.

Hop on, decide on your direction and then travel together through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park whilst discussing the issues that matter to you with the people in power.

To book for either Thursday 16 or Friday 17 July simply use the form below to email us with your preferred time & mobile number.

Book a seat for This Is What Democracy Looks Like!



One of our favourite collaborators Cyril Cornet will be joining us this Friday night with Exogroove ft. Phil Mison, Belle Bete & Leo Mas. The Beauty and the Beat selector will tell us everything we need to know…

Can you please tell us what Exogroove is about?

The structure of EXOGROOVE is an association between Phil Mison (Cantoma) and Cyril Cornet (Belle Bete, Beauty and The Beat), we’re bringing a different guest for each party : 3 is the magic number!

Our next guest is Leo Mas, quite a legend really, who started playing in Amnesia one of the cult club of the golden area in Ibiza in 85!

A lot of experience and party feel basically for Friday 🙂

What would you like people to say about Exogroove?

We’d like to say that the vibe is free so is the music policy. It’s about the dance floor and the people there. It is a vibe that will correspond very much to Hackney wick. Having played there quite a few times now, we know people are really up for some good time and getting loose. We’ll be there as catalyst for the fun  time providing with great quality music!

How did you, Phil Mison, Belle Bete and Leo Mas get together?

Me and Phil have been knowing each other for quite a while now, having common interests: music at the center of course but also some art forms and literature too. It was only natural to combine efforts and feel for sharing the good times into a night in a venue with such a good feel.

Phil knew Leo from Ibiza and we thought that Leo’s taste in music and his ability to stay free and experimental in the way he is playing while keeping the focus on the vibe and the dancefloor would be perfect for EXOGROOVE.

How would you describe your taste in music?

Leo would describe is sound as “The fruit of my musical passion and culture, I love all kind of music, 360 degrees, I always look out for quality and I’m sensible for underground stuff, in every field.”

Both me and Phil can pretty much relate to that. We could add a sensibility for tropical grooves and a tendency for sounds with a psychedelic soul in it. All together, a work of love really!

What are the key ingredients for a great night out?

I think the key ingredients for a night out are 

  • The people . You can have the best music, on the best soundsystem in the best venue, but if the people aren’t into it then it’s not going to work . You get a good, mixed crowd who really put the effort in on the dance floor, then it’s going to be magic.
  • Combine that with brilliant music played on a decent system and it’s a top party. 
Join Cyril and the rest of the gang on the dance floor with all those elements on Friday . 
To find out more about EXOGROOVE click here! 

Interview: Verity Standen on Symphony #WalkieTalkies

We can’t wait to experience Verity Standen’s new work Symphony as part of Walkie Talkies from 24-26 July. Here’s what she had to say about this brand new aural experience in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


Symphony – Photo credit: Paul Blakemore

Tell us a bit about yourself & your work…

My work explores voice, and how proximity and boundaries affect the way we experience voice. I’m always trying to push and pull at what we think we should ‘hear’ and how that should make us ‘feel’. I like to suggest emotions and sound worlds, while leaving space for an audience to inform a piece with their own lives.

What’s your favourite thing about being an artist/theatre maker?

My favourite thing is to be able to work with voice everyday. It’s an instrument that knows no limits – i’m always trying to look for news ways to work with it.

Tell us a bit about your piece for Walkie Talkies. What can we expect to see & experience?

Symphony is unlike anything I have done before – it’s a real experiment. There are moments where you will just hear voice and moments where we let tuning forks be the only sound, and then we combine the two to create shifting textures. In the piece Ellie and I are working with 9 tuning forks that aren’t tuned to western pitch; this has been really challenging to compose around. There are strict limitations with where we can go and what we can sing.

How did the idea for your event come about? Who or what inspired you to make this experience for people?
verity standen

Photo from ‘Mmm Hmmm’ – Verity’s last show. Photo credit: Paul Blakemore

I work with tuning forks a lot in life – a cappella singing in performance always needs the quiet reliable pitching device. I’ve always thought they were beautiful objects with potential to be used as an instrument in their own right. Up close they can sound huge and also a little sci fi – so it’s an interesting sound world when combining that with voice. Metal versus Muscle.

What other events in the Walkie Talkies programme are you most looking forward to?

SHUNT (aka Nigel & Louise)




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