Artistic Discoveries in European Schoolyards

York | United Kingdom

Pilot Theatre creates, develops and tours pioneering high quality, culturally diverse theatre work for young people.

In addition to performance Pilot Theatre delivers an extensive range of opportunities for engagement and development including workshops, conferences, discussions and online resources aimed to encourage active audience participation and giving young people direct contact with professional artists.

“Pilot is to be commended for producing thorny work for young audiences that neither patronises nor condescends.” The Guardian

Pilot’s website is a well-used and valuable resource, receiving more than 40 000 visits per month . Pilot Theatre have a strong online presence with a permanent presence on YouTube, and are alive to the possibilities of innovative ways of connecting with our audience and developing our practice.

Recent work includes, Looking for JJ – winner of Theatre Management Association/Stage Award for Best Show for Children and Young People 2008, Lord of the Flies, (10th Anniversary tour) Pilot’s signature theatre production, Raymond Brigg’s Fungus the Bogeyman and This Child by Joel Pommerat

In 2008-2009 Pilot toured extensively doing 260 performances to over 55,000 people in theatres from our home base in York, England to Hamilton, Bermuda.

We also ran over 350 sessions/activities with young people reaching over 7000 people including a 6 week Commonwealth Youth Exchange Programme with Cloudbreak Studios, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Collaborative projects are a key part of Pilot Theatre’s way of working, and we value the inspiration and creativity that is the result of exchanging ideas with our partners. Pilot’s forthcoming and current work includes;

Platform 11+

Our International work will centre around this new European project to create a portfolio of work, exhibitions and events inspired by, for and with European young people aged 11-15.

Shift Happens 2.0

a second conference to explore and develop the use of technologies in the arts and arts organisations, This will showcase some of the most exciting models and case studies internationally and consider how theatre can maximise the potential of digital technology.

Productions 2009-2010

These productions will be performed at York Theatre Royal and on tour and include a new adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, Catcher in their Eye by Richard Hurford, The Fever Chart, three visions of the Middle East by Naomi Wallace and The Knife That Killed Me by Anthony McGowan.

5Circles 2012

As part of the build up to the Cultural Olympiad which will accompany Britain’s hosting of the Olympic Games in 2012, we will be launching our project in York, Autumn 2009. This will be an interactive choreographed light and performance space to engage, entice and inspire and over the next 3 years will also then be presented regionally, nationally and internationally.

Four York

As part of a national programme of leadership development 4 key organisations in York – Pilot Theatre, York Theatre Royal, York Museums Trust and the City Library and Archives will be working together over the next 3 Years on an ambitious programme of training and activities.

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Artistic Director
Marcus Romer

Visual Artists
Stuart Childs
Richard Garside

Art Education
Paul Birch

Richard Hurford