IYAF 2016 Kingston upon Thames

International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston upon Thames

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As the 8th INTERNATIONAL YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL drew to a close for 2016, Creative Youth and IYAF Kingston announced the four winners of the IYAF Kingston 2016 Youth Arts Awards bringing to a close a truly memorable and happy IYAF.
See you next year for another brilliant festival.


Best Children and Families Show – This is Your Trial
Best Comedy Show – Douze
Best Theatre – Police Cops
Festival Spirit Award – Wonder

Fri 8 Jul – Sun 17 Jul

The IYAF returns for its 8th year. This is a showcase of theatre, dance, music, art and comedy from around the world. A full 10 days of inspiration and tickets are available now!
Programme PDF

For all events, dates and times at all venues, see

The full programme (pdf)


  • Rose Theatre, Studio & Gallery
    Kingston Library
    Hook & Chessington Library
    New Malden Library
    Las Iguanas
    Arthur Cotterell Theatre, Studio
    Kingston Riverside
    Kingston Ancient Market Place
    Cass Art
  • The Lamb
    All Saints Church
    Riverside Vegetaria
    The Ram Jam
    Outdoor Pop Up
    Kingston Museum
    Lovekyn Chapel

Events in the Market Place

Every weekend during IYAF head down to the Market Square for the best live music from around the world. Completely free for everyone to enjoy, K-Town Live is an IYAF mainstay and focal point for the whole festival.
Sat 9th July @ 12:00
Sun 10th July @ 12:00
Sat 16th July @ 12:00
Sun 17th July @ 12:00

IYAF Carnival Sunday 10th July 3pm – 4pm

Tickets at The Rose Theatre

Chun-Sugu Fri 8 Jul, Sun 10 Jul

Kingston University Inspired by the large Korean community around Kingston, ‘Chun-Sugu’ is an adaptation of two classic Pansori texts featuring live actors, physical theatre, traditional/digital puppets, live-action projections, original/traditional music, singing and object manipulation. Various times BOOK NOW

Raise the Roof Fri 8 Jul

Celebrate the start of the International Youth Arts Festival 2016 and join us for a showcase of some of the best performances coming up over the following ten days. A mix of dance, music, circus and theatre followed by live bands in the Rose Café. BOOK NOW

Wonder Sat 9 Jul, Wed 13 Jul, Thu 14 Jul

“Wonder” explores themes of indentity and insolation. Jaramillo’s book follows August ‘Auggie’ Pullman, a ten year old boy with a rare, genetic facial deformity, as he attends school for the first time. Various times BOOK NOW
Rose Theatre Main House 65 mins

DOUZE  Sat 09 Jul – Sun 10 Jul

In 2015 Pop Star XNTHONY was set for Eurovision glory. He and his backing singers The Penny Slots took Ireland by storm. Except they didn’t…But no matter. XNTHONY’s making a comeback equipped with a whole host of potential songs to convince the UK to support them… when they get there… eventually BOOK NOW
Arthur Cotterell Theatre Studio Duration: 60 minutes 12+

Jellyfish Sat 09 Jul – Mon 11 Jul

An entrancing story of the bond between a father, a son and a jellyfish. When Tom and his parents move house, they soon find they’re sharing their new home with a stranger: a gigantic glowing jellyfish.  Original music, puppetry and visual storytelling blend to tell a story of the sea, parenthood and mental health. BOOK NOW

Property of Society Sat 09 Jul

A physical theatre piece looking at gender and what it means to balance the feminine and masculine within us all in a patriarchal society. BOOK NOW

Ryan Dalton: Into the Wild Sat 09 Jul – Fri 15 Jul

Ryan Dalton is 26 year old stand-up comedian from south west London that has been on the circuit for three years. A storyteller that brings his frustrations to the audience with an aggressive charm. A show about the modern world and society and its distance from nature and the environment.BOOK NOW
Suitable for 14+

The Bed Sat 09 Jul – Mon 11 Jul

A series of four new short plays all focusing on a bed written and performed by Kingston University students. In The Closet by Tuesday Andrew-Scott, Untitled by Aslihan Gulen, Child’s Play by Freya Houghton, The Black Dog  by Ella Morris BOOK NOW

This Is Your Trial: Family Court Sat 09 Jul – Tue 12 Jul

The UK’s only court-room based improvised comedy is coming to Kingston! Top comedians are lawyers prosecuting and defending charges set against YOU. Judge Thom Tuck presides with a team of guests. Audience members make up the jury. Court will be open for three special hearings. The first two sessions are a family court. The final show is just for adults. BOOK NOW

Tweelingual Sat 09 Jul  Exhibition: FREE Duration: 20 minutes Suitable for 12+

Ever experienced bilingualism before? This is your chance: through the use of two languages, memories, physical theatre, poetry and an exhibition format as the performance space, Mulleners tries to answer questions surrounding the idea of home, identity and miscommunication. BOOK NOW

Leandro 09 Jul – 10 Jul

Embark on a fun-filled adventure with Leandro – an eight-year old boy living in Rio. The Olympics are coming to his city and he dreams of running for Brazil. But with no athletics club for him to join, how will he make his dream a reality? BOOK NOW

Fail Magnificently 09 Jul – 13 Jul

Fail Magnificently is a semi-autobiographical solo show that turns to clowning, spoken word, music, juggling and physical theatre to tell the story of a young immigrant woman blundering her way through “adulthood”. BOOK NOW

Matt Hoss: Vegetari-Man 09 Jul- 13 Jul

Matt’s cringe-worthy turn to vegetarianism has agitated everyone: from his overly-masculine flatmates to his northern beef-farming family. This pioneering stand-up comedy show looks at Matt’s new found life choice at being both a vegetarian and trying to be masculine at the same time. BOOK NOW

Comedy Club 4 Kids Sun 10 Jul

Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families but without the rude bits! BOOK NOW
The Rose Gallery 60 minutes Suitable for 6+

The Lock Hoss Monster Sun 10 Jul – Sun 17 Jul

Beware of The Lock Hoss Monster – because those guys ROCK! The Lock Hoss Monster will bring melodies involving a lyrically beautiful song with no words and a song merging metal and pop that features a mysterious chord. By reverting tropes of modern music, The Lock Hoss monster will provide you with an hour of mirth, comedy and entertaining songs. BOOK NOW
Kingston Library, 60 minutes, 16+

Brighton Fringe Best Theatre Show Award Winner 10 Jul – 10 Jul

Every May Creative Youth’s young Press Team head to the Brighton Fringe to judge the best comedy show, family show and theatre show from the festival. The winner from each category is invited to perform at IYAF that same year. The winners will be announced in June so keep an eye out. BOOK NOW
Arthur Cotterell Theatre Studio

Opus – A History of Dance Sun 10 Jul – Fri 15 Jul

The world premiere of Opus explores the history of dance, from the caveman era to the present day and potential for the future. Developed and starring two sisters from Amplify Theatre, prepare to be taken on a journey of discovery from where dance has come from and where it’s going. High energy and inventive. BOOK NOW
Rose Theatre Main House, 30 mins

Pow! This Is Us! Sun 10 Jul

Richmond Youth Theatre present “Pow! This Is Us!”. This fast paced sketch show, devised by the young people th.emselves, is funny, wacky and just a little outside the box! Brimming with comedy sketches, the show focuses on local life with lots of local references audiences will recognise and giggle at! A show that is full of energy, humour and sparkle for all the family to enjoy. BOOK NOW
Rose Theatre Main House 45 mins

IYAF presents TRAMPLE 10 Jul

A night of the best, stomping, rocking live bands around. Curated and programmed by IYAF’s trainee project managers, TRAMPLE promises to have everyone dancing like it isn’t Monday the next morning. A high energy, live wire music night to get IYAF 2016 rolling along. For more information on which bands will be playing check iyafestival.org.uk and the IYAF Facebook page
The Rose Main House 120 minutes, 14+ BOOK NOW

Backstage – Of the Mind 11 Jul – 13 Jul

Pain, joy and pride in a world where acceptance is hard to find. Follow David Ella Smith´s struggle through life, his past and his present. A semiautobiographical musical play combining both fact and fiction – what’s real or not is for the audience to decide. BOOK NOW
Arthur Cotterell Studios, 90 minutes, 10+

Young Folk Mon 11 Jul

Kingston was once a mainstay on the folk music circuit. Between the bars and clubs of Kingston, Claygate and Richmond the great, good and infamous of the folk scene cut their teeth. To celebrate this heritage and the new generation of folk musicians, IYAF presents a night of the finest young folk musicians from around the country (including BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year Award Winners). BOOK NOW
Rose Theatre Main House 65 min

Endgame by Samuel Beckett 11 Jul – 12 Jul

Meet Hamm, Clov, Nagg and Nell – four individuals contemplating the meaning of life and death. Empty and scared, indifferent and desperate – what is to become of their lives?  BOOK NOW
Arthur Cotterill Theatre Main House, 90 minutes, 12+

BBC Ten Pieces Tue 12 Jul

BBC Ten Pieces will showcase the creative responses of Kingston secondary students to ten pieces of classical music released by the BBC in the form of theatre, dance, visual arts, poetry or music. BOOK NOW
Rose Theatre Main House, 120 mins inc. interval

A Really, Really Big Modern Telly 12 Jul- 14 Jul

A double bill of comedic plays simultaneously celebrating and condemning modern life, sandwiched in sketches. A re-imagining of the myth of Narcissus and Echo, and a contemporary fable blending live theatre and projection, questioning what happens when the consumer becomes the consumed. BOOK NOW
Arthur Cotterell Theatre Studio 60mins  12yrs+

DISTANCE 12 July 2016 – 17 July 2016

Kudos/The Actors’ Group World premiere of Alex McSweeney’s new play. Two men’s lives unravel in the course of a train journey from London to Manchester. BOOK NOW
The Rose Studio 16yrs+

Of Dragons and Dinosaurs Wed 13 Jul

Following 2015’s magical production, The Piper of Hamelin, Creative Youth presents Richard Stilgoe’s fantastical, Jurassical musical Brilliant the Dinosaur. Unmissable Prehistoric, Palaeontological Musical family treat! Two performances only. BOOK NOW
Rose Theatre Main House 13:30, 19:30 (Gala Performance) 90 mins inc. interval

T.E.A.R’s Wed 13 Jul – Sun 17 Jul

Dragonsflight T.E.A.R’s, directed by Oliver Horsfall and Rory Campbell, is a show inspired by the stories of those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s. BOOK  NOW
Arthur Cotterell Theatre Main House 14yrs+ (strong language, nudity)

Human, Kind 13 Jul- 15 Jul

Human, Kind is a powerful dance theatre piece that explores our relationship to the present refugee crisis. BOOK NOW
Arthur Cotterell Theatre Studio 40mins Suitable for all

It Gets Better 13 Jul – 14 Jul

Suicide rates of children and young adults due to bullying is at an all-time high. In “It Gets Better” the young performers conduct a social experiment. They go looking for who you are, who you were and then maybe change who you’ll be. BOOK NOW
Arthur Cotterell Theatre – Main House  90 minutes Recommended 13yrs+ (contains strong language & nudity) 

Pints and Politics 13 Jul- 13 Jul

Pints and Politics is a piece of immersive theatre that invites audiences to spend an evening with a group of friends in their local haunt. Characters tackle social and political issues of today combining it with heavily stereotypical inner character monologue. The play starts as a casual night out but reaches a theatrical crescendo with dark and tragic undertones. BOOK NOW
The Ram Jam 60 minutes 16yrs+ (strong language & nudity)

Brighton Fringe Best Comedy Show Award Winner 13 July

Every May Creative Youth’s young Press Team head to the Brighton Fringe to judge the best comedy show, family show and theatre show from the festival. The winner from each category is invited to perform at IYAF that same year. BOOK NOW
The Library

Banquet Records Present…Fri 15 Jul

Banquet Records present a night of music at the Rose Theatre. BOOK NOW
Rose Theatre 10:00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm, 120 mins

The Piper of Hamelin 16 Jul

Children’s opera – a witty and moving in telling the tale of the greed and avarice of the townsfolk of Hamelin, and the tragic punishment brought upon them by the strange travelling Piper who they double-cross after he has saved their city from a plague of rats. BOOK NOW
Rose Theatre Main House 16:30, 20.00  50 mins

Roots 16 July

Roots celebrates personal stories, family and local history through spoken word, beat-boxing, music, visual arts and dance. BOOK NOW
Arthur Cotterell Theatre Main House 90min  12yrs+

This is Your Trial: Adult Court 16 Jul, 9pm

The UK’s only court-room based improvised comedy is coming to Kingston! Top comedians are lawyers prosecuting and defending charges set against YOU. Judge Thom Tuck presides with a team of guests. Audience members make up the jury. Court will be open for three special hearings. The first two sessions are a ‘family court’. The final show is just for adults. BOOK NOW
The Library 60mins  16yrs+

Victoriana Sun 17 Jul

Harriet Dauntless and her fearless friend Biddy are no strangers to adventure. But when a monster rears its head in the shadowy streets of London, and the Royal Family itself is threatened, Harriet must face her greatest adversary yet in a daring dash about the Empire – and still be home in time for tea and cucumber sandwiches! BOOK NOW
Rose Theatre Main House 80 mins Time: 17:00, 20.30

TDW: The Dance World 17 July

A creative and engaging exploration of emotions in movement through the ever-demanding puppet strings of social media. The show is performed by children, adults and dance professionals using styles such as street, hip hop and movement of dance. BOOK NOW
Arthur Cotterell Theatre Main House recommended 10yrs+