In 2019, this uber-trendy spot in Hackney Wick played host to a some of the most tantalisingly original theatre in the city - including Jay Miller's reinterpretation of The Crucible, the sell-out success SEX SEX MEN MEN by the fabulous PECS Drag Kings and Caroline's Horton's acclaimed All of Me.
If you want to get a feel for the vibe of this place then now is the perfect moment. Their annual festival of new work - NOW Festival - is kicking off this week: 5 weeks of double bills from 10 really exciting artists, with each double bill running for a week from Tuesday to Saturday.
And it's not just theatre that's on offer. Every Thursday night a different collective takes over after the shows for music and performance as part of NOW Lates. Because...did we mention...The Yard is a nightclub too. Like, a really good one. It's got a Resident Advisor profile and everything.
If you want to head over to Hackney to check it out, here's a quick guide to what's on:
Dadderrs / In a Way So Brutal 21 Jan - 25 Jan
This year NOW Festival kicks off with a double bill from artists and parents Daniel Oliver and Frauke Requardt, with an interactive piece exploring neurodiversity and a fantastical world away from domestic life. They are double billed with a vocal and sonic experiment about human monsters by Eirini Kartsaki and electroacoustic music composer Tasos Stamou.
Eirini Kartsaki in In a Way So Brutal. Photo by Christa Holka
Lite Metle / Fire BIrd 28 Jan - 31 Jan
Week 2 brings a dance double bill. First up is Total Theatre & The Place Award for Dance 2019 nominee Ultimate Dancer, who make shows about mystical riddles. They're followed by Critics Circle National Dance Award winner Julie Cunningham, whose show is about a queer & personal interpretation of Stravinsky's musical score & fighting against failure.
Performing DNA / He's Dead 4 Feb - 8 Feb
Week 3 sees Vivian Chinasa Ezugha bring gorgeous visual imagery and mess to the stage while digging into sustaining marginalised bodies, then Vogue-featured international choreographer (and NOW regular) Marikiscrycrycry asks the unanswerable question: was Tupac depressed?
Idol / Sensitive Plumbing 11 Feb - 15 Feb
In Week 4 Jamal Gerald questions who we would rather pray to, Beyonce or white Jesus, while renowned performer and Drag King Edythe E Woolley mixes Greek myth and post-apocalypse fantasy featuring renowned performers Rachael Young and Tallulah Haddon.
Daniel Oliver & Frauke Requardt in Dadderrs. Photo by Brian Hartley
How to Build a Lighthouse / Working On My Night Moves 18 Feb - 22 Feb
Rounding it all off is critically-acclaimed comedian Ben Target talking about goodbyes, loneliness and never being able to feel at home and Total Theatre Award 2019 winners Julia Croft and Nisha Madhan who are going to break the rules, the patriarchy and the space-time continuum.
If you want to really embrace the festival spirit you can save 20% by booking multiple double bills at once - and if you get the NOW festival pass for £60 you can see every show.
And if you like the sound of everything that's going on at The Yard you can follow the theatre right here on Stagedoor. We'll keep you up to date with their biggest announcements and ensure you see their work in your personalised For You section (iOS only but Android soon).