Open Meetings

Are you a children’s theatre programmer? Are you a venue or a promoter? Are you interested in the future of children’s theatre?

Open Meetings will be a chance for programmer’s and promoters to come together twice a year and talk about work and shows, shared experiences and challenges of programming work for children and young audiences.

If you are a programmer or promoter and would like to be kept in touch with information about upcoming Open Meetings please email and ask to be added to our mailing list.

Upcoming Open Meetings:

The future of theatre for young audiences age 8+

Friday 27 October 12:30pm

Z-arts, Manchester (How to find Us)

Prior to the sharing on 27 October join Z-arts and Big Imaginations for an Open Meeting as part of the Big Imaginations Festival.

It’s been recognised nationally that after the age of eight, young theatre audiences begin to decline. As Big Imaginations commission and co-commission three shows for 8+ audiences for the 2017 Festival, we will look at how we can make work that speaks to today’s audiences and reflects the society we live in. The meeting will be a chaired discussion exploring the challenges of developing theatre audiences for children aged 8+ and ask what we as industry professionals can do to further engage and give agency to children in this age group and encourage them to become theatre goers.

The panel will include;

Sue Buckmaster – Artistic Director, Theatre Rites

Sarah Punshon – Artistic Director, The Dukes, Lancaster and One Tenth Human

Chris Elwell – Director, Half Moon Theatre

The meeting will be chaired by;

Anna Hassan – Relationship Manager, Engagement and Audiences (North) – Arts Council England

Penny Thompson – Relationship Manager, Museums / Children, Young People and Learning – Arts Council England

RSVP – To reserve a space please email specifying which date you would like to attend.

Past Open Meetings:

What Makes a Great Festival for Families? – (read the notes from this meeting here)

Wednesday 22 March 2017 13.30 – 15.30

Access All Areas – how to make the arts accessible for all

Thursday 2 February 2017 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Click here to watch the video follow-up from the Access All Areas meeting.

Representing Deaf and disabled people in our programmes of children and family theatre

Wednesday 30th November 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Pay what you Decide – in conversation with Porl Cooper and Annabel Turpin (read the notes from this meeting here)

Wednesday 7th September 2016

Diversity in children’s theatre – Z-arts, Tara Arts, Mashi Theatre, STUN Studio, Stratford Circus, Yellow Earth

Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Paul Fitzpatrick, Artistic Director – Imaginate

Wednesday 16th September 2015

Mari O’Neill, Family Arts Campaign Manager – Family Arts Festival

Wednesday 25th March 2015