New Theatre Built from Olympic Materials Opens Today
Date: 22 July 2011
A new “accessible” theatre opens today (22 July 2011) in east London, situated opposite the Olympic Park and built using reclaimed materials from the site for next summer’s games. The Yard, a 120-seater converted from a dormant warehouse in Hackney Wick, will be open for one season only, from now until 29 October 2011.
With affordability for both audiences and artists in mind, visiting companies will be offered free rehearsal and performance space and 51% of box office takings, and ticket prices for The Yard’s diverse programme of theatre, dance and opera will range from just £4 to a maximum of £10.
The Yard is the brainchild of a group of directors, led by artist director Jay Miller, who had grown frustrated at the lack of opportunities for emerging artists in London. One of their principle stated aims with the project is “to increase transparency and access in theatre, making the building a magnet for audience and artists alike”. For each new production, the rehearsal process will be open to the public via “workshop performances”.
The launch programme this month at The Yard includes David Greig’s short plays Fragile and Cello, Made in China collaborations Stationary Excess and Dreams of a House High on a Hill and Stewart Melton’s Imagine You are Everyone Everywhere at Once and Everything Seen, Heard, Said and Done Is by You and For and to You, which dramatises the Twitter response to the persecution of Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei.
- by Terri Paddock
|If you recall, the Dome was supposed to be for one year only. It is only now getting into its stride. There might be hope. - Jon Allen||24 Jul 11|
|I actually think that all regeneration in the area is a good thing, as this might attract more of the same. More people will be drawn to the area than ever before because of the Westfields shopping mall, the biggest in Europe, so I hardly think this is a place not many people will want to visit. Not to mention the soon to be international Stratford station. I believe Hackney is in travel zone 2, so the price will not be so high to arrive here. Less negativity and more positive outlook will make the UK a much better place to live in. - Steven H||22 Jul 11|
|One season only? That's real 'Olympic Legacy' then. At a time when the capital is crying out for intermediate sized theatre spaces, I would have thought it would make sense spending a tiny proportion of my tax pounds that are being wasted on building in a part of London where no-one wants to go, on building something that would last, and be useful, rather than being wasted on the huge white elephants of 'Olympic Venues' in East London that none of us could afford tickets to anyway. How utterly ridiculous. - Richard Voyce||22 Jul 11|
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