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OCTOBER 25 - OCTOBER 30 2010



TAKEOVER UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT This year's Takeover is a selection box of theatre, music, dance and comedy, giving you the opportunity to see established companies, new talent and to try something new. Trestle Theatre bring their famous mask and physical style to the festival with the political thriller Burn my Heart, whilst Imitating the Dog will be blurring the lines between theatre and film in their modern age ghost story Hotel Methuselah. This half term we also have stuff to keep younger audiences entertained with Tortoise in a Nut Shell’s The Last Miner and Mud Pie Arts bringing a Halloween themed adventure to the theatre. This year's Takeover is about far more than what is on stage in our Studio and Main House, with our front of house space becoming a key part of the festival experience and several shows taking place outside of the theatre building itself, including Elsewhere, the collaboration between Edinburgh Fringe favourite Belt Up and the theatre’s Young Actors Company. On top of that Takeover will be giving you opportunities to get involved in the festival throughout the week with a diverse selection of workshops, events such as Takeover the City (a day of pervasive gaming and other things across York) and even performance opportunities with Hatch and our Open Mic Night hosted by Birmingham wordsmith Polarbear, who will also be bringing his new show Return to the festival. The festival promises to be a bold, adventurous and thought provoking week of performances.

hatch This is your chance to find your new favourite theatre company! If you want to find the next big thing then HATCH is for you. Over these three days we will be showcasing brand new work from three up and coming companies. We are searching the nation for promising new companies. During a massive pitch day in September we will select the best three who can prove their innovation, imagination and their ability to give you, the audience, a riveting, theatrical experience. Grab them while you can! We're showing a different company each day, so don't miss out! Thursday 28 – Saturday 30 2:30pm / 7:45pm All Tickets £6 3 shows for £15






See you there!

“A Night Less Ordinary” is an Arts Council England scheme supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to get more young people into theatres across the country. The £2.5 million scheme provides 618, 000 free tickets to anyone under 26 in more than 200 venues across England, between February 2009 and March 2011. For more information visit If you are under 26 and under sign up for the Free Theatre Pass at York Theatre Royal and receive free theatre tickets until March 2011. You can download a form from the learning section of and we will put the allocation of free tickets on the website.


Throughout the festival there will be tons of opportunities to get involved; at the heart of this is our diverse selection of workshops, ranging from fun introductory sessions to master classes aimed at furthering your theatre skills.



For ages 13+ For ages 8+ Price - £5 Price - £3 (that includes the cost of Tuesday 2.30pm-4.30pm the drumsticks!) This workshop provides an in-depth Tuesday 11am-1pm introduction to Trestle's mask During this fun filled workshop we technique. Participants will learn the will focus on using the mouth and principles of effective mask body as a musical instrument, you performance through physicality and will then be given your own pair of core techniques. professional drum sticks to keep and encouraged to literally, drum on For ages 14+ everything! (Caution may drive Price - £3 parents crazy) Monday 1pm-3pm Shakespeare was written to be performed. In this session Takeover Co-Artistic Director Tom Bellerby will explore ways to bring Shakespeare For ages 14-18 yrs from the page to the stage. For all Price - £3 those who have ever panicked at the Thursday 11am-2pm prospect of acting Shakespeare. Drawing from practitioners such as Frantic Assembly and DV8, this is an MATERCLASS WITH POLARBEAR introduction to physical theatre and For ages 13+ will explore how to say something Price £5 using ones body when words aren't Wednesday 26 1.30pm - 3.30pm enough. Create stories for your mouth, devise stories for speaking, explore stories that allow your tounge and For ages 14+ imagination to run together in a Price - £3 world of rap, grime and rhythms. For Friday 1pm-3pm this master class bring a bag buzzing Rhiannon Jackson Takeover Cowith ideas and packed full of Artistic Director will be leading a session looking at acting techniques experiences. Working with slam poet Polarbear you are sure to have a she uses in rehearsal rooms. story worth speaking. You will have the opportunity to showcase the work you create in the master class at the Open Mic Night on Wednesday 27, alongside Polarbear himself.








MON 25

TUE 26

WED 27


FRI 29

SAT 30



THU 28

HATCH 2:30pm/ 7:45pm The Studio £6 3 shows for £15

BURN MY HEART TRESTLE 8pm Main House & Foyer

7pm Main House £10, £7 u26s 13+

Takeover takes off with a big bang. Mask Company Trestle unmask for this political physical piece. Set Expect great bands, experiences during Mau Mau uprising in 1950's you won't forget and a night at the Kenya and the ensuing bloody state theatre like you've never known... of emergency, two boys' lives are changes forever as their friendship There'll be drink offers and bar and loyalty are blown apart by fear open till 12am. Check out for full and betrayal. details. Doors 7:45pm Main House Drawing on African music and and Foyer movement styles, combined with a Free! (tickets available from the powerful mix of text and physical Box Office) story-telling theatre, Burn My Heart is a fast paced, devastating and highly relevant story, not to be missed.


TORTOISE IN A NUTSHELL 11:30 am/ 3pm The Studio £10, £6 concessions, £7 u26s 7+ Welcome in to the enchanting world of the Last Miner. Using puppetry, light and an innovative soundscape, The Last Miner is an immersive, original tale remembering an amazing life amongst the coal dust.

POLAR BEAR 7:45pm The Studio £10, £7 u26s 13+ Birmingham born wordsmith PolarBear with a new forward thinking live literature piece called RETURN.

Return tells the story of Noah, a man trying to figure out where he fits. For years one man has lived Convinced he had to leave home in underground in the place he used order to make his mark, Noah to work, hiding from his returns to find a world where a lot of memories and the constantly things seem the same but nothing changing world above. But as actually is. Combining storytelling the roof of his home begins to with a distinctive lighting and collapse and his past comes projection design. The show flooding back, he’ll be left with a journeys through scenes and choice. Should he stay down landscapes, encouraging you to below? Or come back up into the explore and, like a film director, be world he left so long ago? challenged to re-imagine as the story unfolds.

The second of our brand new companies to perform as part of this event celebrating new work. (see overleaf)

6pm / 8pm Main House £10, £7 u26s If you like Film Noir, visual treats and ghost stories try this unique immersive experience. Harry works as a night porter in a hotel in a city somewhere in Europe that’s in the throes of war. Telling the story of night porter Harry’s search to uncover the forgotten truth of his past. Hotel Methuselah is a contemporary ghost story that explores our fears around mortality, sexuality and the terrifying sense of responsibility that comes with having children.Fusing spectacular live action and video projection, this is stylish performance that places narrative, emotion and wit at its core.



2.30pm/ 7.45pm The Studio £6 3 shows for £15



The first of three shows in our three day celebration of new work (see overleaf)

7:45pm The Studio £5 13+ Come and take part in a night of poetry, comedy and creative writing headlined by the exciting and highly respected wordsmith Polarbear. We want to hear the poetry you have scrawled in notebooks; we want to hear the jokes that have your friends in hysterics at the pub; we want to hear the tales that keep your family enthralled around the campfire. So if you want to come and show us what you can do or just sit back and enjoy the talent York has to offer. So come and immerse yourself for an evening of home grown creativity and see how far your imagination can take you…


Try some distinctive dance theatre.Following their successful visit last October, internationally renowned contemporary dance company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, return to York with their latest mixed programme. Featuring four contrasting pieces, including two world premieres, a UK premiere and the return of audience favourite Haunted Passages, Declaration is a perfect example of the diverse, entertaining bills Phoenix is famed for.

11am / 2pm – Main House (Meet in Foyer) £5 children £1 adults –Children must be accompanied by an adult Ages 5-7 Pumpkin and lantern making followed by an interactive performance of 'The Amazing Pumpkin,' by Mudpie Arts. Come and help us work some magic on a giant pumpkin. Cast a spell and something amazing may happen!

PHEONIX DANCE THEATRE 7:30pm Main House £17 (Dress Circle), £15 (Stalls), £13 (Upper Circle), £10 (Gallery), £7 u26s 8+


The characters will take you trick or treating! Come along in fancy dress if you like!

DECLARATIONS PHEONIX DANCE THEATRE 7:30pm Main House £17 (Dress Circle), £15 (Stalls), £13 (Upper Circle), £10 (Gallery), £7 u26s 8+ Another chance to catch the internationally renowned contemporary dance company, Phoenix Dance Theatre perform two world premieres, a UK premiere and the return of audience favourite Haunted Passages.


HATCH 2.30pm/ 7.45pm The Studio £6 3 show for £15 The third company to perform in HATCH (see overleaf)

COMEDY NIGHT 7.30pm Main House £10, £7 u26s The line up will include: Paul Sinha An Edinburgh Comedy Award and a Chortle Best Headliner Award nominee. Ray Peacock warm up act for Russell Howard’s Good News. with Danny McLoughlin and Charlie Baker



Venue: Elsewhere (Meet in Foyer) Check website for details £10, £7 u26s 14+

A free day of city games and playful technology both in the theatre and around the city.

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