THE ONE of a kind TakeOver Festival returns to York Theatre Royal October 23 - 28 with a programme, created, produced and marketed by a company of under 26 year olds

Since 2009 the theatre’s young person led festival has been bringing new and innovative theatre and performance art to York – and the 2017 edition promises to be one of the best.

The event will provide a platform for young and emerging performers to showcase their talent and allow both York residents and tourists an opportunity to experience everything from absurd street theatre to beautiful spoken word poetry.

Among the artists are Pleb Theatre who will bring the medieval to life with their absurd street theatre show dressed as wizards, while Appos Art Theatre Company will be performing their political play ‘I Say Campaign, You Say Champagne’ with the Hull-based company’s Northern voice.

Those walking the walls will be given a trail postcard detailing the performances and featuring a map leading back to York Theatre Royal, where the foyer will be a hive of activity with fun games for all the family to enjoy.

TakeOver Associate Director and Event Lead Katie Smith said “TakeOver is all about encouraging theatre and the performing arts to be more accessible and open to all.

“By taking the festival outside of the theatre we hope to engage visitors and residents alike with new and exciting performances and acts.”

The festival opens with award-winning Proper Job Theatre Company’s haunting modern adaptation of the classic story of Medusa, which aims to tell the truth behind the ‘monster’ with snakes for hair.

Other highlights include the Phoenix Dance Theatre, Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers and Headstrung Puppet Cabaret, along with The Chit Chat Chalk Show and Workshop, a magical chalky adventure presented by Hawk Dance Theatre & The Knotted Project,

Sophie Willan rounds off the festival week with her critically acclaimed comedy, On Record, based on her experiencing of growing up in care.

For more information and tickets for all events phone the York Theatre Royal box office on 01904 623568 or go to