We believe that all children and young people have the right to experience theatre which communicates directly with them, responding to their needs and concerns.
Sadly, more and more children don’t have this chance: child poverty is growing extremely fast and subsidised trips to the theatre are increasingly difficult to access for a variety of reasons.
Where we live, in Birmingham, there are large areas where children growing up in poverty have very limited arts provision. In addition, many of these children speak English as an additional language, which makes it even harder for them to access and engage with theatre.
We’d love to give every child in Birmingham the chance to enjoy our work, but we’re a really small company! So we’ve decided to focus our work in Birmingham on two areas on our doorstep where children have much less access to theatre: Sparkbrook and Bordesley Green.
We tour our plays to community centres, libraries, schools, nurseries, and healthcare settings in these areas, meeting lots of children and parents, including many who’ve never experienced theatre before. We have an ongoing partnership with Heartlands Hospital’s Paediatric Unit.
Almost all of these performances are free to attend, with grateful thanks to our generous funders, who support individual projects in these areas (and have included The Sir Barry Jackson Trust and Arts Council England).
We’re always keen to meet new partners, venues, and supporters who want to get involved with our work in Sparkbrook and Bordesley Green: drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to find out more!