Project information

The Pied Piper @ The Yard Theatre

The Pied Piper is a play that will explore politics today in the form of a British pantomime. This will be a show created by the Artistic Director of The Yard for the whole family. It is a show about children in a Brass Band, looking for something new, something to believe in, someone to follow.

November 2011 - December 2011

Charity information: The Yard Theatre Limited

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  • Need


    The Artistic Director of The Yard wants to explore two problems - British politics and British panto.

    Pied Piper will draw parallels between a rat-ridden Hamlyn and the politicians that govern, with Britain today.

    The production will use the much-cherished tropes of the panto form in a new context, in the hope it can be rejuvenated for a modern audience.


    This project won't solve the problems. The problems are too big for one production. Instead we want to provoke others to make a change. This production will reach 2500 audience, enough people to begin a movement.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The Pied Piper will present a modern panto. We want to create new audiences using a traditional form


    » We will retain all the elements of a traditional panto but express them in a way that makes it new and exciting.
    » During the course of the rehearsals we will deliver workshops at Fellowes Court Community Centre for Young People who have never been to a theatre.

    What success will look like

    Success will be laughter. Success will be people experiencing something new. Success will be creating something genuinely new.

    Aim 2

    We want to gently provoke people.


    » We will use the participatory elements of the panto to blur the lines between political activism and apathy.

    What success will look like

    Success will be people leaving the theatre smiling and in conversation about the state of British politics.

  • Impact


    The workshops that we create for young people in Hackney will develop their communication skills, teach them about British theatre and explore politics today. There will be five workshops in total culminating in a visit to the Pied Piper. The hope is we will leave a lasting impression and create a strong relationship with these people that will be sustained into the future through our Youth Theatre Program.


    The ultimate risks is that we don't raise enough money to make the production happen. We have executed a fundraising strategy. We have already raised 50% of our total production budget. We are seeking the final instalment through Big Give.


    All donors will be given complementary tickets to the production. They will also have the opportunity to chat with the creative team about the production. In January 2013 all donors will also be sent a full and frank evaluation.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £27,474

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      Amount Heading Description
      £17,784 Actors' Wages There will be nine actors for this production.
      £2,540 Set and Costume The set will be built from reclaimed and recycled materials.
      £3,900 Creative Team's Wages Confirmed for the project are a set and lighting designer, together with a composer.
      £1,750 Marketing We are creating some beautiful flyers.
      £1,500 Contingency This money will provide security for the production.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Arts Council £9,700 Conditional
    Private Source £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Pied Piper will be performed on the border of Tower Hamlets and Hackney, 50 yards from new Olympic Park. The workshops will take place in Hoxton, Hackney. Hackney and Tower Hamlets are two of the most impoverished boroughs in the country - we release a number £5 tickets in the hope everyone can afford to see work at The Yard. No other ticket exceed £10.


    Directly benefitting will be twenty five young people in Hackney, who we hope to inspire to either make theatre or start a career in politics. There will be a total of 2200 people visiting the theatre for the duration of this production. There will also be fifteen artists who will be employed to make this production happen.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Yard creates new performance. In a very short space of time we have had a huge amount of success. We have been granted repeat funding to cover our core costs, we have welcomed over 10,000 people through our doors and we continue to inspire new artists to make new work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jay Miller

    Jay Miller is the Artistic Director of The Yard. He conceived The Yard and continues to run the organisation.

THE YARD is one of the most exciting interventions in London Theatre of the past five years.

Simon Stephens (Leading British Playwright)