MAYK is a theatre producing organisation that collaborates with artists and audiences to make exciting things happen in unusual ways.

 

mayk

  • Curates and commissions bespoke theatrical events for Bristol

  • Invites the most exciting makers we can find to present and play in the city

  • Produces, develops and tours new work nationally and internationally

Our major project is Mayfest, Bristol's international festival of contemporary theatre, and we also work with a number of artists to develop, present and tour their work. Currently we work with Still House, Sleepdogs, Firebird Theatre and Sam Halmarack.

MAYK is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and is core funded by Bristol City Council. MAYK is an Associate Company of Bristol Old Vic.

Our vision

A society where life changing, subversive, transformational theatre makes the world a better place to live.

We believe that in both subtle and dramatic ways the collective action of being in the same space at the same time, helps us understand each other, enables us to be heard and inspires us to make change. 

OUR MISSION

Producing

We work year round with visionary artists to make thrilling new live work that meets its audiences in vibrant and unusual ways. We nurture these artists from edgling ideas
to production and touring, and we work in collaboration with partners around the world to support and ignite these adventures.

Curation – This City Is Our Stage

Spring: We use our biennial cross-city festival, Mayfest, as a dynamic meeting point for participation in world class live performance. Mayfest is a collaboration with place – its artists, its audiences, its architecture and its possibilities.

Autumn, Winter, Summer: Beyond Mayfest we work in collaboration with organisations across the city to present ground-breaking theatre at key moments across the year.

“Collaborating with MAYK has been nothing short of essential to Sleepdogs’ growing profile, confidence and reach. Without Kate and Matthew on our team, we would not be making as much theatre as we do, and we would not have the confidence to work as ambitiously as we do.”
— Sleepdogs

MAYK projects have taken place in Bristol, Birmingham, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Sao Paulo, Tbilisi, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Prague, Melbourne, Gent and many other places around the world.


producing

Are you an artist or company with a brilliant idea or project and need help making it a reality? Drop us a line and tell us about it – we're always open to new ideas and who knows where a conversation could lead.  


CONSULTANCY

MAYK's Directors, Kate Yedigaroff and Matthew Austin have nearly thirty years between them of producing, programming and marketing high quality arts events. Both Kate and Matthew can offer consultancy in festival curation, audience development, strategic marketing, artist development, dramaturgy and project planning (including bid writing). Kate and Matthew are also available to lead workshops, teaching or conference speaking.

Previous clients include Kneehigh, Wales Millennium Centre, Open University, Bristol University, UK Theatre and many more.

For more information or to discuss a project, email matthewandkate@mayk.org.uk


The Bristol diy network

MAYK is a member of The Bristol DIY Network; an independent gathering of arts organisations and arts practitioners, large and small, funded (Arts Council England, Bristol City Council) and unfunded, all of whom deliver cultural programmes within the city of Bristol. 

We meet regularly to advocate for the sector and to discuss and inform policy, as well as forming working groups in response to specific issues and to develop shared activity. This thinking feeds directly into the wider cultural conversations happening at a high level in the city through the Cultural Strategy Steering Group.

The group’s members work across different scales and different artforms; some specialise in participatory opportunities, others seek out an audience; some charge, some don’t; and some provide complex programmes that sit across a number of strands. 

Together, we are committed to the successful future of our city, and the creativity of both Bristol and Bristolians. 

Network members include Bristol Old Vic, Watershed, Knowle West Media Centre, Artspace Lifespace, Field Art Projects, Circomedia, Architecture Centre, Colston Hall, Bristol Culture, Room 13, The British Paraorchestra and Friends, Zion, The Trinity Centre and many others including independent artists.   

If you are an independent artist, practitioner or smaller organisation unable to attend a meeting, you can share ideas, views and concerns with us via Theatre Bristol who help to administer the group, or one of the members. We are working on a bursary scheme to help those who are independent to be involved, particularly in working groups and sitting on the committee. If this is you please contact us via Sarah at Theatre Bristol (sarah@theatrebristol.net) to discuss your requirements.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch for more information, via sarah@theatrebristol.net 


All photography provided by Paul Blakemore