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10th – 16th Nov. 2012, Durham City
The delegate Festival runs 14th – 16th November 2012 in venues across Durham City.
The Takeoff Festival of Theatre for Children and Young People is England's leading sector development event for those working in the field of theatre for young audiences. Since 1997, the annual festival has taken place in various locations across the North East of England and, in recent years with a more steady home in Darlington, the festival has begun to flex its muscles with an increasingly varied programme of work, scratch opportunities for artists developing work for young audiences, the invitation to be a member of the European Small Size network, sell-out delegate packages and some high quality guest programmers.
In 2012, Takeoff builds on these achievements and finds a new home in Durham with a more ambitious six day festival, including a 3 day delegate experience focussed in Durham City.
Be a focus for celebration of the best of children’s theatre from the UK and abroad
Bring that work to the North East for the benefit of children, young people, their families and friends in the region to enjoy. Ensure the work reaches young audiences in Co Durham that have limited access to quality arts experiences.
Be the leading UK festival for those with an interest in the field of theatre for young audiences, be they artists, producers, programmers, funders or policy makers
Support artists in the early development of ideas for work for young audiences and provide a platform to show that work and support it where is shows promise
Pack Durham City with a vibrant, brilliant programme of family theatre for people to enjoy and to contribute to Durham’s identity as a fantastic destination for visitors
Takeoff is an important part of Theatre Hullabaloo's offer as a member of the European Small size network, and each year we work with our colleagues from the UK and beyond to present a programme of work within the festival that focuses particularly on theatre for the very youngest.
As well as a busy programme of performances, the festival will also include discussion sessions, workshops and work-in-progress opportunities to ensure that it serves the sector as a developmental opportunity.