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TakeOff Festival is England's leading festival of theatre for children and young people. Produced by Theatre Hullabaloo it is a week-long festival of shows, workshops and family fun for children in venues across the North East.

Each year we bring some of the most exciting theatre companies from the UK and beyond to the region so that their work can be enjoyed by schools, families, children and young people in a variety of venues.

TakeOff Festival 2016 took place 17-23 October, the highlight of the week was our Family Day when TakeOff Festival takes over Durham City Centre and fills the streets full of amazing shows, street theatre, installations, storytelling, arts and craft workshops and tons of other amazing things to do and see with the whole family.

Delegate Festival

TakeOff 2017 is  a delegate Festival!

Every two years the Festival also becomes a meeting point for professionals working in the field of theatre for young audiences. Delegates can enjoy shows, networking opportunities, panel discussions, scratch work and presentations. The next delegate Festival is 16-22 October 2017, delegates dates are 18-20 October. You can find more details in our delegate information. To get a flavour of the fantastic experience that awaits future delegates, you can view the full programme from our most recent delegate TakeOff Festival in 2015.

Theatre Hullabaloo

Theatre Hullabaloo produce the TakeOff Festival. We are a pioneering and creative organisation that makes, tours and promotes theatre for young audiences, aged 0 - 16 years old, because we believe that they are the most important audiences of all. We create innovative work which puts young people at the heart of the creative process?? Our work is driven by the belief that young audiences have a right to experience theatre of the highest quality which inspires their imagination and challenges their minds. You can find out more about the work we do at 

In Autumn 2017 we will be opening The Hullaballoon our flagship theatre especially designed for young audiences. The venue in Darlington will be the first of its kind outside of London and will be a home to world-class theatre performances, workshops and participation activities and much more. You can keep uptodate with news about our amazing new theatre by signing up to our newsletter.

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The following organisations support the TakeOff Festival...

Durham County Council Family Arts Logo Durham University CT Web TakeOff Festival 2015 Family Day Sponsor* – Prince Bishops Shopping
Centre logo TakeOff Festival 2015 Print Partner