2012: Theatre on the Fly

As part of CFT's 50th anniversary celebrations, an experimental temporary venue was commissioned for the grounds of Oaklands Park: Theatre on the Fly. The structure was designed by Assemble and inspired by the machinery of a theatrical fly tower, with exposed mechanisms transforming the building into a theatrical spectacle extending into the surrounding parkland.

Harking back to the days of The Tent in the 1980s, the venue was to house a nine-week season by CFT's three apprentice directors: Tim Hoare, Anna Ledwich and Michael Oakley. The season included three main productions - Patrick Marber's Blue Remembered Hills, April de Angelis's Playhouse Creatures and Penelope Skinner's Fred's Diner - alongside a range of events including rehearsed readings, CFYT productions, concerts and even a silent disco!

CFT staff and associates celebrate 50 Years in the Theatre on the Fly

Fred's Diner by Penelope Skinner

Playhouse Creatures by April de Angelis

Blue Remembered Hills by Dennis Potter

Noah (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre), photographer Mike Eddowes