TakeOver 2015 will be a festival like no other - we welcome the inquisitive, the adventurous and the imaginative, challenging spectators of all ages to get involved and expect the unexpected.
A mix of touring and local companies will perform in unique spaces within the the museum and a series of Creation Stations will provide a range of opportunities for creative people of all ages. Please note that some activities are paid-for and need to be booked in advance via the York Theatre Royal box office (direct links provided for each performance below where they are available).
Download and read the full programme brochure here
A Journey with Maude
Mon 26 Oct-Sun 1 Nov | 11:30am, 12:15pm, 2:15pm, 3pm, 3:45pm | Tri-composite carriage, Station Hall
£5, not wheelchair accessible | book tickets
In this intimate time-travelling adventure, you'll be whisked from Vienna to San Francisco to witness moments of an extraordinary woman's life.
The Great Train Songery
Mon 26-Weds 28 Oct | 12noon, 12:45pm, 2pm, 2:45pm | Meet at Warehouse entrance
Pay what you can | book tickets
Explorer Johnny Acecraft has been let loose in the museum's Warehouse, and want to talk about its unusual artefacts in the only way he know: know musical comedy!
Thurs 29-Sat 31 Oct | 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm | Fruit van, Station Hall platform 6
£4 | book tickets
The worlds of horror and fantasy collide in a journey of the imagination, as entertainer Charles Alderdice attempts to bring Lewis Carroll's darkest work to life.
The Gentleman For Nowhere
Thurs 29-Sat 31 Oct | 4:15pm | Gresley Buffet Car in the Warehouse
£4 book tickets
The platform is still. A train rumbles into the station and rolls to a halt. Three people step aboard... An immersive piece based on Dickens' Mugby Junction.
Sat 24, Mon 26, Wed 28, Fri 30 & Sun 1 Nov | 11am-4pm | Across the museum
Look out! Those pesky pigeons are running riot in the museum again! Ernie the security guard wants them gone. The Pigeon Party will be popping up around the museum so join in when you see it!
Coal in the Garden
Sat 24, Sun 25, Tue 27, Thurs 29, Sat 31 & Sun 1 Nov | 3pm | The Garden, Great Hall
Free & booking not required
A brand new piece for TakeOver and the National Railway Museum, directed by Lizzy Whynes, Artistic Director of TakeOver.
Weds 28 Oct & Sun 1 Nov | 12noon-3:30pm | Footbridge, Great Hall
What does it take to entirely devote yourself to a hobby? In this intimate, reflective piece, poet Henry Raby speaks on patience, waiting and much more.
Of Time and the Railway
Sun 24 Oct-Sun 1 Nov | 10am-6pm (on a loop all day) | Footbridge, Great Hall
Free (running time 110mins)
A film about the railway line between Birmingham and Aberystwyth recorded from the driver's cab of the train. It was filmed on 86 different days and has been edited into a single trip that takes in more than a year.
Mon 26 Oct | 7:30pm (doors/bar at 7pm) | Station Hall, meet at City Entrance
£10 (£8 concessions) | book tickets
An immersive film screening of the 1940s classic comedy-horror Ghost Train. Live performers will re-enact scenes - vintage outfits are encouraged!
Tues 27 Oct | 7:30pm (doors/bar at 7pm) | Station Hall, meet at City Entrance
£8 (£5.50 concessions) | book tickets
A chance for YOU to have a say in the TakeOver 2016 programme! Four exciting and innovative companies will perform 20-minute extracts of brand-new pieces and you vote for your winner.
Mon 26 Oct-Sun 1 Nov | 11am and additional workshops at 2pm on Mon 26 and Sat 31 Oct | Meet at the Box Office
This workshop lets you time-travel to the most important moments in the
railway story. Get into character with period costumes, and create theatrical snapshots of railway life. For ages 5-17.
Tues 27 Oct | 10:30-1:30pm | Meet at the Box Office
A mysterious suitcase sits in the middle of the room, overflowing with curious objects... Join us a for a very special workshop, where you can work with archive items and artefacts from the museum! For ages 8-12, please bring your own lunch and drink.
Mind The Gap
Fri 30 Oct | 11am-4:30pm | Meet at the Box Office
In this full-day workshop you'll get the chance to create a short performance based around places and objects. For ages 13-17 please bring your own lunch and drink.
Our Creation Stations give you the chance to get involved and unleash your creativity! Drop in throughout the day and show off your artistic talents with these free, family-friendly activities:
- Music Station: Tinkle the ivories of our vintage piano or catch one of our specially commissioned acts rocking the Music Station stage.
- Story Station: Take some time out in the secluded garden area to read, listen to and create your own stories.
- Poetry Station: Write a ballad about the Bullet train or a sonnet about Stephenson! Your poem will be displayed on the Footbridge throughout the week.
- Art Station: Get crafty! Here you'll be able to make your very own colourful pigeon mask to join in with the Pigeon Party
- Shadow Station: Make your own shadow monsters, ghost trains and aliens and use them to cast some spooky silhouettes across the Station Hall wall!
Download and read the full programme brochure here
TakeOver Festival is an annual event that happens at York Theatre Royal. It is a festival run entirely by 12-26 year olds who, with support from York Theatre Royal staff, plan, program and present a festival of theatre and events. Due to the Theatre's £4.1 million redevelopment, this year's festival will take place in the National Railway Museum.