Spring 2016


Following another critically successful year, The Yard’s Artistic Director Jay Miller is delighted to announce plans for Spring through to Summer 2016.

The season will tackle local and global issues of displacement, identity and belonging with two world premieres, the return of The Yard’s NOW festival and a special one-week run of this year’s George Devine winner Charlene James’ urgent new play Cuttin’ It, as part of the Royal Court/Young Vic co-production with Sheffield Theatres and Birmingham Rep.


Use discount code SPR16 at the checkout and see Made Visible and Re:Home for only £20.

*You must have at least one ticket in the basket for both Made Visible & Re:Home and have entered the code SPR16 to have the discount applied.

Re:Home | 9 Feb – 5 Mar, 8pm

Made Visible | 15 Mar – 9 Apr, 8pm

NOW ’16 | 10 May – 11 Jun, 7.30pm

Cuttin’ It | 26 – 30 Jul, 8pm

Cressida Brown will begin our year with a sequel to Home, a play she made ten years ago with the residents of the Beaumont Estate in Leyton, East London. Re:Home is documentary theatre, using personal testimonies collected from over one hundred residents of the now demolished Estate. It will ask the question; how do we feel about a home that no longer exists?

The Yard’s fourth in-house production will be Deborah Pearson’s Made Visible, which we seed commissioned as part of our First Drafts in 2015, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Deborah is co-founder of the award winning Forest Fringe. As an artist she has made numerous solo works nationally and internationally but Made Visible will be her first full debut as a writer in the UK. Set on a bench in Victoria Park, Deborah will write a reconstruction of a conversation she had with two Indian women. The play will be a frank, honest and hilarious interrogation of the often overlooked subject of what it means to be white, and the increasing distance between people of different ethnicities.

In 2016, The Yard will continue to be a place where exciting new artists can find their voice and develop their craft. Our NOW festival will return in May with five weeks of double-bills featuring five new voices, successfully programmed through an open call out. They will be mentored by, and be in a double with, five artists wanting to try something new. We’re excited to be working with Dog Kennel Hill Project, Emma Frankland, Ira Brand, Chris Goode and Jude Christian.

Finally, wrapping up the season we are delighted to welcome Cuttin’ It written by Charlene James and directed by Gbolahan Obisesan in an exciting collaboration with Young Vic, Royal Court, Birmingham Repertory and Sheffield Theatres.