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TakeOff Festival celebrates 25 years of bringing theatre to children and young people

  • Date: 25 October 2012
  • Area: North
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From a giant whale on the streets of Durham to touring tales by the Brothers Grimm, TakeOff Festival's 25th year is set to bring enchanting theatre to children and young people across the North East this November.

Performances are available to all, including school groups and families, and are being programmed across the region, with the main festival taking place in and around Durham.


Theatre Hullabaloo is one of England's leading theatre producers for young audiences. Based in the North East it is also one of Arts Council England's National portfolio organisations. Each year Theatre Hullabaloo produces TakeOff Festival, of which there are three exciting parts to this year:

  • TakeOff on Tour: 31 October - 8 December
    Venues across the north east will host performances from the festival as part of their Autumn and Winter programming

  • Free Family Weekend: 10 - 11 November
    A weekend of free family events across Durham city centre
  • Main Festival Programme: 14 - 16 November
    Durham city will be jam-packed with some of the best productions for young audiences from the UK and Europe

At the same time as the main Festival, 14 - 16 November, delegate events will take place - hosting seminars, workshops, keynote speeches and more. Details can be found on the TakeOff website here.

Miranda Thain, Creative Producer, Theatre Hullabaloo, said: 'This year we are delighted to offer a rich and varied programme of performances for our youngest audiences in venues across our region, before welcoming artists, educators, programmers, their families and friends to share a treasure trove of stories, old and new, in the beautiful City of Durham.'

Alison Clark-Jenkins, Regional Director, Arts Council England said: 'The TakeOff Festival is an important national festival which brings world-class theatre to young audiences. Hosted in our region, TakeOff not only supports artists in the early development of ideas for work for young audiences, but provides them with a platform to show that work and support it where it shows promise. I look forward to seeing the exciting work during the festival in Durham.'

Useful links and more information

Theatre Hullabaloo 
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TakeOff Festival
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Arts Council England in the North East

Theatre Hullabaloo is one of Arts Council England's National portfolio organisations, for more information click here.