SKYGLOW combines astronomy, ecology, and the arts to explore the impact of the light… from the stars to the soil.

The stars are vanishing before our eyes. A child born beneath 250 stars today will only see 100 of them by their 18th birthday.

The source of this vanishing is SKYGLOW - the pervasive glow of light caused by human-made pollution.

SKYGLOW also has significant ecological impacts. In disrupting the transition from sunlight to starlight, species behaviour, physiology, and ecosystems are altered.

We’re looking for 10 writers to create a series of starlit monologues on this topic for performance.

As part of the project, we’ll be offering participants exclusive free arts, astronomy, and ecology workshops with experts from:

You’ll then see your play performed beneath the stars at Sudley Walled Garden in Liverpool, and published in a brand new anthology.

The project is made possible thanks to funding awarded by Postcode Neighbourhood Trust and raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery; The PH Holt Foundation; The Granada Foundation; The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation; and The Unity Theatre Trust.

Following the success of our Youth Academy in Leeds, Phoenix Dance Theatre, in partnership with Gateway Studios, is delighted to deliver its training programme in Gateshead. Launched in 2015, this high-quality pre-vocational training programme offers talented young dancers aged 14 – 18 the chance to meet twice weekly to develop strong contemporary dance techniques.

Throughout the year students work with current and former Phoenix Dance Theatre dancers and internationally acclaimed choreographers. Dance pieces are created during intensive courses that take place during school holidays which are then showcased at various dance platforms across the UK.

Phoenix Dance Theatre is the UK’s leading contemporary dance company outside of London. For four decades we have performed, educated and inspired people across the UK and abroad. Phoenix Youth Academy was founded in Leeds in 2009. Since then, many of our graduates have gone on to successfully audition for numerous leading conservatoires including:

Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, London Contemporary Dance School, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, The Ailey School, Institute of the Arts Barcelona, Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, Bird College, Laine Theatre Arts and Urdang Academy.

Two Phoenix Youth Academy graduates have succeeded in being category finalists in the BBC Young Dancer competition.

Audition date: 28 June

Launched in September 2019, Phoenix Youth Academy, provides pre-vocational dance training. Our high-quality training programme is for talented young dancers aged 13 – 18 interested in pursuing a career in dance. Students meet for three hours per week to develop excellent contemporary technique.

Throughout the year students work with current and former Phoenix Dance Theatre dancers and internationally acclaimed choreographers. Dance pieces are created during intensive courses that take place during school holidays which are then showcased at various dance platforms across the UK.

Phoenix Dance Theatre is the UK’s leading contemporary dance company outside of London. For four decades we have performed, educated and inspired people across the UK and abroad. Phoenix Youth Academy was founded in Leeds in 2009. Since then, many of our graduates have gone on to successfully audition for numerous leading conservatoires including:

Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, London Contemporary Dance School, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, The Ailey School, Institute of the Arts Barcelona, Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, Bird College, Laine Theatre Arts and Urdang Academy.

Two Phoenix Youth Academy graduates have succeeded in being category finalists in the BBC Young Dancer competition.

Audition: 7 June

Play. Perform. Make your own soundtrack.


Get ready to join a music school like no other. Take your love for music and turn it into something that lasts a lifetime with unique chances to learn and play with an inspiring group of people.

These classes, courses, choirs and ensembles put your love of music at the centre of everything you learn, along with some incredible performance opportunities as your playing develops.

Applications for our weekend Foundation and Step Up, Centre for Advanced Training, and Ensembles are open now! Apply by 26 April.

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