This year’s festival will open with a unique opportunity to experience the circus as never before. In a one-on-one intimate event, award winning trapeze artist Ellie Dubois directs Francesca Hyde who will amaze and dazzle in her stunning aerial performance, Ringside,performe
After appearing at TakeOver Shorts in 2015 and winning the public vote to be developed further, The Beggars of York returns to TakeOver on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 July in an exciting mix of poetry and performance written by the critically acclaimed local poet, Don Walls, in homage to his son. Join Tiny Windows Theatre Company as they explore the poignant issues surrounding those who have experienced homelessness in the city and the trying social conditions under which they live. A percentage of proceeds from these performances will be donated to York based charity, SASH.
Following a world premiere at LGBT art and culture festival, Homotopia, and a hugely successful run at London’s Soho Theatre, Le Gateau Chocolat takes to the Main House stage on Thursday 14 July. Le Gateau Chocolat:Black is an intimate and confessional portrait of Nigerian singer Le Gateau Chocolat’s life; his hopes, his fears and his battle with depression, interjected with an impressive repertoire of songs from Wagner to Whitney Houston in a captivating cabaret show.
Younger audiences will enjoy The Star Seekers presented by family theatre troupe, The Wardrobe Ensemble. This brand new family show combines the silly and the serious on Thursday 14 July, in conjunction with an exclusive schools workshop facilitated byTakeOver Education Associate, Charlotte Lade. This unique experience illustrates the majesty of galaxies and the solar system, delving into some of the greatest unanswered questions of the universe. An energetic journey through the stars where the intellectual and emotional collide.
The Main House audience can be transported to foreign climes on Friday 15 July as Theatre Ad Infinitum perform their latest production, Bucket List. Far away, in a Mexican town, an orphan girl shows an unusual talent for chess. Leaving a life plagued by violence, she moves to the USA but terminal illness forces her to return to Mexico where a devastating discovery fuels her desire to seek revenge. Theatre Ad Infinitum bring to life this adventurous exploration of life and death through physical storytelling whilst illustrating life amidst the turbulent US-Mexican relations and the global capitalist system.
Following its success at TakeOver Festival 2015, Coal in the Garden (co-written by Lizzy Whynes and Rab Ferguson), returns to the Studio on Friday 15 July in a thought provoking new mixed media performance, Memories of Coal. Curated by TakeOverAssociate Director, Ben Cain, the piece features an artistic blend of theatrical storytelling, documentary videos from York’s elderly residents and a brand new devised performance by youngsters from across the city. This cross-generational community project examines how perceptions of childhood have changed throughout the years and asks what exactly is different for children growing up today?
Also showing in the Studio on Friday 15 July, is the newest show from On The Run (in association with Show and Tell) following a sell-out success at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014. With expert direction from Chris Harrisson, Tell Me Anything follows David aged 15, who loves punk, house parties, poetry and most of all, Kate. This 21st century comic love story sensitively explores the social challenges of eating disorders and the trials and tribulations of growing up. A bold, touching and truthful one-man show.
On Saturday 16 July, join award-winning theatre company, The Human Zoo, in the Studio for an intimate Tim Burton-esque patchwork of puppetry, poetry, movement and live music stitched together with explosive visual imagination. The Girl Who Fell in Love With The Moon sets out to explore humanity’s eternal fascination with the skies through the eyes of this playful and dynamic young ensemble. A magical production of devised storytelling from a female-lead company producing fresh and engaging new work.
Written by award winning playwright, Jenna May Hobbs, Captured showcases top-quality devised theatre from White Slate Theatre Company. Using an innovative series of projections, Captured tells the love story between an artist and a photographer, exploring the complexities of human relationships with delicacy and sensitivity.The past and present collide in a whirlpool of forgotten images and repressed words, blurring perception and reality. An ideal show for young people and teenagers on Saturday 16 July.
The newly remodelled Main House stage will be host to Pandora on Saturday 16 July, a raw and honest newly devised production from TakeOver Artistic Director, Lizzy Whynes, who explores the depths of her own post-traumatic stress disorder through the narrative of this creation story. Zeus gave his daughter a box containing all the evil in the world; but she didn’t want it. Tormented by its contents Pandora opens the box to find she has been made an accomplice in unleashing a world of horrors. Through a blend of dance and devised theatre, this uplifting hybrid between an autobiographical story and ancient myth, will show that everyone can find hope in the darkest of places, as hope is the antidote for suffering.