You Me Bum Bum Train

Key Facts:

Project summary: An ‘immersive’ theatre experience in which there’s only one audience member that moves through a series of realistic situations. The cast and crew of the project are volunteers.

Location: Stratford, London, England

Programme: Performance

Initiator: Kate Bond and Morgan Lloyd

Project Duration: 3 months (although this was just an iteration of the project which has regularly changed since 2004)

Lead in Time: [unknown]

Site Area: 450 square metres approx.

Client Team: Barbican Centre and CREATE

Project Team: You Me Bum Bum Train with the help of volunteers and the Theatre Royal in Stratford

Funding Sources: Arts Council England, Canary Wharf Group, Stratford Renaissance Partnership

Funding Type: Grant, Private Donations

Project Costs (Build): [unknown]

Project Costs (Operation): [unknown]

Profitability/Loss: [unknown]

Permissions / Permits: [unknown]

Local Links: The Theatre Royal Stratford East

Publicity/advertising: Print/electronic advertising/PR by the artists, Barbican, CREATE, Theatre Royal Stratford East

Project Evaluation:

Site Details & Ownership:
A disused warehouse building in Stratford East.

Project Reach / Visitors / Target Audience:

Problems Encountered / Overcome:
Due to its volunteer based organization, the project has received criticism from the performers’ union Equity which threatened to take legal action against the company’s artistic directors on the grounds that none of actors and crew involved in the project get paid.

Feedback from users / staff:
“I came across it when I was on my gap year,” she said, “and I thought I’d do it for the experience. But even now that I’m training, I’d still do it – it’s an amazing thing to be part of, and it’s not as if anybody’s making any money out of you.”
Eboni Dixon, a performer in the 2010 version of YMBBT

“Honestly YMBB was without exaggeration the most surreal and amazing experience of my life- truly inspiring and phenomenal!”
Charlie Gilkes, founder of Barts, Maggies and Bunga Bunga

What next?

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