The Yard Theatre is proud to announce a new season of work, including the return of Chris Goode’s Ponyboy Curtis and First Drafts, a collection of bold new ideas that will shape the future of theatre.

The Yard Theatre will also host productions from Generation Arts and the National Youth Theatre, continuing its mission to champion exciting new work from the next generation of artists.

Directed by Chris Goode (Men in the Cities), Ponyboy Curtis return to The Yard Theatre with their new show vs.

Having originally formed as part of NOW 15, vs. will be the ensemble’s most ambitious show to date taking place over two weeks in June.

“The Yard is our spiritual home! Right from the start it’s been uniquely open to the challenges presented by our work – it’s valued, supported and celebrated us and our strange erotic mayhem when other venues have fainted away. We couldn’t be more overjoyed to be opening our third major show in three years in the loved-up company of our Yard friends and fuckbuddies.”

Chris Goode
Director, Ponyboy Curtis

The Yard is also thrilled to announce the return of First Drafts, a festival giving the first lease of life to bold new work in development.

Taking place over a month in July, the festival will see over twenty artists perform new ideas in front of an audience for the first time. The festival will be a space to test new ideas from artists, combining the worlds of performance and script based practices.

Previous work to come out of First Drafts includes Made Visible by Deborah Pearson and Removal Men by M.J. Harding. Two shows that we then produced as four-week runs in 2016.

With around twenty artists to be announced, The Yard can confirm that the lineup will include Company Three, Greg Wohead and Rachael Young.

With public readings and sharings over 1 or 2 performances, audiences will have the opportunity to be the first to see brand new ideas brought to life.

“Over the six years that I have been Artistic Director of The Yard, I have seen hundreds of bright young artists create work that I have been proud to be a part of.

This season sees The Yard open its doors once again to artists who are making exciting, bold and inventive theatre. Theatre that we can’t wait to share with you. 

I am excited to see the return of Ponyboy Curtis. An ensemble that are reimagining what theatre might be using their bodies, their minds, and above all, a restless and relentless energy that is as infectious as it is revolutionary.

It is also the second time we have been able to produce First Drafts, an explosion of new ideas by artists tested in front of an audience for the very first time. Ideas which, first seen here, will go on to form our programme over the next three years. 

If you’re looking for the future of theatre, The Yard is where you’ll find it.”

Jay Miller
Artistic Director, The Yard Theatre