The Hullabaloo – Opening December 2017
The Hullabaloo will be a new venue specially created for children and families, a national centre of excellence in theatre for young audiences and an inspiring place to play and learn.
Built within an Edwardian Fire Station on a site adjacent to Darlington’s Civic Theatre, The Hullabaloo will present world-class performances for children, house mind-blowing creative play installations, offer a wide range of creative opportunities and classes for families and be a focal point for creative education.
The Hullabaloo will also be the meeting point for artists, educators and researchers, with children as creative collaborators, to generate new creative ideas for pioneering art or national policy into the role of the arts in childhood.
It will be a home for Theatre Hullabaloo and a power house in the production of theatre for young audiences.
The Hullabaloo will be:
- A place where great theatre is made for and developed with young people
- A space developed specially for families
- Home to a broad range of creative activities for children and families
- Host to the best theatre companies from the UK and abroad
- A destination bringing people to Darlington
- Where artists develop work alongside children
- A hub for research and teaching, influencing national policy in childhood creativity
- Host to international residencies which will influence UK artistic practice
Inside The Hullabaloo will be:
- A 150-seat flexible studio theatre space
- A family friendly cafe and front of house space
- A creative play installation space and an external play space
- A rehearsal space
- Dressing rooms, green room, back stage facilities
- Office space for Theatre Hullabaloo
The Hullabaloo is needed because:
- Children, young people and families deserve to experience theatre in a dedicated space designed for them to ensure the highest impact
- There is no other venue north of London that is dedicated as a specialist theatre space for children and families.
- County Durham and the Tees Valley has very little cultural infrastructure, a venue of International importance to children will be of huge significance to artists and audiences.
- The venue will be a beacon of child-centred practice, attracting artists to make work for young audiences and modelling best practice in terms of welcoming children into an arts space.