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Futures Festival

Futuristic city image with a night sky

Get ready for an electrifying invitation from our Young Company as they invite you to embark on a journey into their vision for the future during our 50th year!

This dynamic youth-led festival delves deep into their hopes, dreams, and concerns for the future. Join them as they navigate the unwritten, planting the seeds of their aspirations and igniting the sparks of their potential.

As we mark fifty incredible years of Chickenshed, let's envision a world from those who will be leading the way for the next fifty years. 

It’s a place that feels like home, where the four walls are the essence that continues to rejuvenate and evolve.

Maya Neilsen, former YC Member

Titles of Pieces

The Futures Festival features six Children's Theatre pieces and six Youth Theatre pieces.

Childrens Theatre

CTA: Kidectives
CTB: If I Were a Grown Up
CTC: Stay Forever Young
CTD: Tomorrow
CTE: Stars and Back
CTF: Time Travellers

Youth Theatre

YTA: Butterfly
YTB: Artificial
YTC: Shout
YTD: Lost Control
YTE: Sirens
YTF: Root to All Our Solutions

Programme of events

Each performance is 20 minutes long. When you purchase an evening ticket, you will get to enjoy all the pieces scheduled for that night, although the running order has not yet been decided. 

Below is the daily schedule for the festival.

Wed 26 Jun (CT)

Kidectives
If I Were A Grown Up
Tomorrow
Stars and Back

Thu 27 Jun (YT)

Butterfly
Artificial
Lost Control
Sirens

Fri 28 Jun (YT)

Shout
Root to All Our Solutions
Butterfly
Artificial

Sat 29 Jun | 12.30pm (CT)

Kidectives
If I Were A Grown Up
Stay Forever Young

Sat 29 Jun | 5.30pm (CT)

Tomorrow
Stars and Back
Time Travellers

Tue 2 Jul (YT)

Lost Control
Sirens
Shout
Root to All Our Solutions

Wed 3 Jul (CT)

Stay Forever Young
Time Travellers
Stars and Back
If I Were A Grown Up

Thu 4 Jul (YT)

Butterfly
Artificial
Lost Control
Sirens

Fri 5 Jul (CT)

Kidectives
Stay Forever Young
Tomorrow
Time Travellers

Sat 6 Jul (YT) | 2pm

Butterfly
Artificial
Shout

Sat 6 Jul (YT) | 6pm

Lost Control
Sirens
Root to All Our Solutions

Tue 9 Jul (CT)

If I Were A Grown Up
Stars and Back
Kidectives
Tomorrow

Wed 10 Jul (YT)

Shout
Root to All Our Solutions
Butterfly
Sirens

Thu 11 Jul (CT)

Stay Forever Young
Time Travellers
Kidectives
Tomorrow

Fri 12 Jul (YT)

Artificial
Shout
Lost Control
Root to All Our Solutions

Sat 13 Jul (CT)

If I Were A Grown Up
Stay Forever Young
Stars and Back
Time Travellers

Other events happening during the Futures Festival

Pricing

The work of the Young Company is always youth led and always developing, and our young people want as wide an audience as possible to come and see their work, so tickets for their performances are priced as Pay What You Want.

Tickets start from £4. If you want to pay over the suggested price, please feel free to do so. If, after you've seen the piece, you want to pay more please see our front of house team who will direct you to a pay point to make a donation to Chickenshed

What is the Young company?

The Young Company is an inclusive and dynamic initiative dedicated to nurturing the creative potential of young individuals through the performing arts. Led by passionate directors and supported by creative teams, mentors, and facilitators, it offers a vibrant platform where members from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to explore, learn, and grow.

Through a blend of workshops, performances, and collaborative projects, the program fosters personal and artistic development while instilling a sense of ownership and pride in each participant. With a focus on youth leadership and guidance, the Young Company ensures that every voice is heard and valued, creating a space for exploration, discovery, and personal growth.

Ultimately, it serves as a community and catalyst for change, empowering young people to shine both on stage and in their lives beyond.

Young company

Chickenshed’s Young Company is a place for every individual to flourish.

young company group on stage

Accessibility

You can find all info on access at Chickenshed here.

If you're coming to an event and have specific access requirements, we would advise you to contact us in advance so that we can make sure your needs are catered for.

Times & Tickets for Futures Festival

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