The Big Imaginations 2013 Festival included one-man wonder Tim Crouch reimagining Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in I, Malvolio; the chance to peek inside the magical pages of the Icebook, the world’s first projection-mapped pop-up book; beloved tales brought colourfully to life in The Hare and the Tortoise and The Boy Who Cried Wolf; a dripping, flowing, bubbling and fizzing celebration of Water in H20; and ghoulish fun for brave families in Spooky Tales.

October 2017 – A festival of diverse children’s theatre

The 2017 Festival promises to be even better and in true Big Imaginations style, even BIGGER!!

As a network of 16 venues, we have become increasingly aware of the lack of diversity across the Children and Family Theatre work available. We want to ensure we show a commitment to diversity in our commissions, open meetings and our festival. We intend to address this by holding open meetings on the subject and making it the theme of the festival in 2017. We are committed to making our festival in 2017 a celebration of the highest quality diverse work, specifically BAME artists and theatre makers and the festival will host between 6-8 pieces of the best work we can find for our audiences.

After bringing South African theatre company Magnet Theatre to the UK to tour Tree and hearing the feedback ‘As a black parent, it was especially heartening to see myself and my children reflected in the performers and creators’, we knew the festival needed to be a platform, a stage to highlight the value of difference; reflecting the wide variety of people who make up our audiences and who we want to reach.

The Big Imaginations Festival, now planned for October 2017 with a theme of diversity, is already drawing national interest and has scope to create a legacy that is a step change in putting diversity in the heart of children’s theatre.

More information and the full programme for the 2017 Festival will be released soon – watch this space!!