From its base in the heart of East Oxford, Pegasus Theatre has been creating theatre for, by and with young people for over 50 years. Although it has come a long way from the early days of Oxford Youth Theatre working out of the old Schools Meals Service canteen on Magdalen Road the ethos and mission remains the same, and Pegasus continues to provide the inspiration for journeys filled with creative opportunity, aspiration and imagination. Through listening and responding to the needs, ideas and energy of all those who find a home within it, Pegasus is a pioneering force creating the present, challenging and shaping the future and making an enduring impact on the vitality of the performing arts locally, regionally and nationally.
Having expanded beyond the capacity of the simple and basic breezeblock box christened Pegasus Theatre in 1975, Pegasus finally found its home in a stunning purpose built venue which opened in 2010. The new venue has been built around the original black box space preserving part of Pegasus’ essence and history. Today, the 133-seat theatre regularly hosts productions from the very best small-scale touring theatre companies that are creating shows with young people in mind, be they toddlers or teenagers, and it provides a home for our two resident Young Companies.
Pegasus has an excellent track-record of creating inspiring and high quality projects which engage children and young people embracing difference and a diverse range of backgrounds. We actively reach out, especially through our inclusion programme, to those who are most excluded and vulnerable within society. We strive to integrate the life experience of children and young people with the creative learning opportunities we provide, the professional performances which appear on our stage, productions we create and tour and the partner companies we work with in our building. The depth of our approach means the impact of what we achieve through our work is far-reaching and long-lasting.
We believe passionately that young people are the change makers of the future and our planning process places their voices and decision making at the heart of the organisation. Our Youth Board meets six times a year and works closely with the executive team and board of trustees to set the overarching themes for each year’s activity. This brief set and reviewed by the Youth Board is the foundation of the programming and production choices, participatory projects focus and the professional companies engaged each year. The Youth Board’s the Chair and Deputy Chair sit as trustees on the Board with full voting rights.
We are committed to ensuring that Pegasus is a secure, sustainable and resourceful organisation. We set high standards for ourselves, challenge convention, are open to different voices, and are mindful of our responsibility to steward the organisation for the next generation. By working with children and young people, embracing differences and moving with the times we ensure young people are and always will be the life force of Pegasus.
Pegasus Theatre Trust is a company limited by guarantee (No: 03038190), a registered Charity (No: 1055305) and VAT registered (No: 210914055). It is an Arts Council, England National Portfolio Organisation, and receives annual support from Oxford City Council.