If you’re interested in making work at The Yard, you’ve come to the right place.

The Yard is a theatre and music venue in a converted warehouse in Hackney Wick. Built out of salvaged material by a group of 50 dedicated volunteers led by Artistic Director Jay Miller

The Yard is about new ideas and voices that need to be heard.

We stage stories that aren’t being told. The Yard has been home to stories exploring the rise of right wing voices, capitalism, immigration, gender, identity, love and violence. The difficulty to connect and the need to connect.

The stories we tell can’t be told in any other form than in a theatre. Our interests bridge the worlds of classical theatre and contemporary performance or Live Art. The Yard is a place for artists to expose stories and to tell them in a live space with an audience.

We work with all kinds of artists – writers, directors, makers, and performers, offering different platforms and opportunities. These are:

  • 1 night sharings of new ideas in Live Drafts
  • NEXT festival – a new festival for artists we think are the Next Big Thing, presenting 2 night runs in double bill
  • For NOW festival we invite 10 artists at the top of their game to perform in double bill for 5 nights
  • 2 weeks runs of work presented by companies in collaboration with The Yard
  • 3-5 week runs produced by The Yard

So if you’re an artist who wants to work at The Yard, below are some suggestions on how to get in touch.

You might want to look at our ARCHIVE to get a sense of our work.

Live Drafts

If you’ve got a new idea you’d like to develop with us, you can submit it to Live Drafts.

Live Drafts is a chance for ideas to be developed and tested in front of an audience.

We offer the theatre for a night to present a sharing in double bill with another artist.

Live Drafts is the start of a journey with us. It is a chance for us to meet new artists, for you to meet us, and to explore together what new ideas might fuel The Yard’s future program.

Download this info pack to find out more.

Next Live Drafts Festival: June 2019
Deadline: Wednesday April 10 2019, 12pm


Have a script you’d like us to read? We’d love to hear from you! We open submissions for scripts twice a year.

Find out how to submit your writing here.

Submissions for scripts are open now. The next deadline for sending us your writing is: 3 December 2018, 5pm

We hope that reading your work will be the beginning of a relationship between you and us, leading to conversations, collaboration, or commissions.


If you have a finished show you’d like to invite us to, please do get in touch.

Send a few lines about your work and why you think it’s right for The Yard along with the invite.

If we think it sounds like a good fit, we’ll get back asking you to put a ticket aside. This will either be for someone from the core team, or for one of our trusted Artistic Associates.

Watching your work is an introduction to your voice and style.

Our relationships progress through collaboration, Live Drafts, commissions and conversation.

N.B.  We almost never transfer a show that has been on elsewhere in London.

Please remember that if you’re inviting us to see your work we need plenty of notice, four weeks plus.

Email submissions@theyardtheatre.co.uk to tell us about your work, or invite us to a performance.

Yard Young Artists

We have recently started Yard Young Artists, a programme of work for local children and young people, aged 4 to 19 years.

This is a programme-in-development. We want our ideas to grow with you. We want to hear from artists who are interested in making provocative, humane and beautiful work with young people.  We want this work to sit proudly in our theatre program. If you think this could be you, please get in touch.

Email katherine@theyardtheatre.co.uk with a few lines about you and what you’ve done in the past. We’ll go from there.

(We are also often looking for paid assistants to support our groups in the room. If you are skilled at working with young people and like what we do please drop Katherine a line.)