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TakeOff Festival 2013

21st - 27th October, Durham

For information on this year's festival, please visit the TakeOff Website -

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 autumn 2013, TakeOff returns to the beautiful city of Durham with a week long festival, including a 3 day delegate experience from 22nd - 24th October.

Takeoff Festivals 2012 – 2014 have the following objectives:
  • 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

In 2013, the Takeoff Festival will focus on a celebration of theatre for early years as well as presenting a range of work for young people across the age spectrum.

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.

Festival Opportunities

We are currently recruiting for festival volunteers. If you would like to be involved in Takeoff 2013, please follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter and find out more here.  

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