We are always interested to meet and have a cup of tea with artists who have an interest in theatre for young audiences.
We hold open casting calls for our touring productions and its best to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for deadlines and details of how to apply to our auditioning process.
We do have a small and friendly staff team and occasionally we need extra help so we do advertise for volunteers at festival time and sometimes we also offer short work experience placements and paid internships. If you are interested in work experience at Theatre Hullabaloo, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a letter and CV explaining how you think you’d benefit from the opportunity of working with us.
Theatre Hullabaloo is a national portfolio organisation of Arts Council England and the only company funded in the North East to make theatre specifically for children and young people. Most of our funding comes from revenue raised through the national lottery and, as a registered charity, we are very careful to make sure that every penny of public money is spent wisely to make sure that more children can access high quality theatre experiences.
In the North East we serve areas with some of the highest levels of child poverty in the UK, so we use our subsidy to make sure our work is performed in schools and community venues in these areas and keep ticket prices low so it’s affordable for all families. We also work with our festival transport partners to offer subsidised travel deals so that groups from small schools in rural communities can take part in activities at TakeOff Festival.
Every year we have high fundraising targets to reach to ensure we can keep working with children who wouldn’t otherwise have these opportunities. Head About > How Can You Support Us to find out how you can support Theatre Hullabaloo's work.
Some of Theatre Hullabaloo’s shows include puppets. Our favourites have been Tom in The Night Pirates who is a Bunraku puppet and the naught elf puppets in The Elves & the Shoemakers. We also sometimes use dancers, musicians, opera singers and all sorts of other performance artists in order to tell our story in the most engaging way.
Sometimes Theatre Hullabaloo do adaptations of books when we find a story that we think we can get our teeth into or which we think would mean that a much-loved tale can benefit from a theatrical telling. Unfortunately, picture books are often quite ‘thin’ on story which makes them hard to develop into a satisfying hour long show. In recent times we have produced one adaptation – The Night Pirates – to which we added ballet dancing girl pirates and lots of families came to see the show just because they love the book. For a company such as Theatre Hullabaloo, an adaptation in amongst new work helps to support the company’s repertoire, but we wouldn’t want to just produce adaptations – we want children to understand that the theatre is a place where original worlds and stories can come to life rather than somewhere that simply dramatises known worlds and characters.
Our most recent shows Luna, a show about friendship, the moon and being brave in the dark and Bear & Butterfly, which is currently in development, will both start life as shows and will be developed into picture books so our audiences can enjoy them at home too.
Theatre Hullabaloo creates theatre experiences and a festival of work specifically made for people aged 0 – 16 years. Obviously, young audiences often go to the theatre with friends and family who are older, so we hope that our shows are something that will appeal to them too, but the work we makes always has a young audience at its heart. Our work is made through our child-centred approach, which places children and young people at the centre of the artistic process, ensuring the theatre we make is influenced by our most important audience.
At Theatre Hullabaloo we are very aware that when an audience comes to see our shows for many of them, it will be a first theatre experience and so it’s a big responsibility to make sure that it is a special experience that will be as thrilling, inspiring and exciting as we know going to the theatre can be. Working with interesting artists who have interesting things to say to young audiences is always our starting point and then we play until we find the best way to tell a story.
Every year we programme between 10 and 18 companies to show their work at TakeOff Festival. If you have a show you’d like us to consider, please send us a short letter telling us about you and your work, some marketing material and a DVD if you have one. Please note that the festival programming is complete by January each year for the following autumn, so contact us well in advance.
If you would like us to consider a show to recommend to our TakeOff consortium venues, it’s the same process, but this is a rolling deadline and will be considered at the quarterly meeting.
In both instances, the earlier you can tell us about the show, the more likely we are to want to programme it. We love being invited to scratch showings and having chats with artists with early ideas, the more we know about you and your show, the more we can support you.
For more information about theatre for young audiences in the UK and abroad, visit TYA UK (the UK Centre of Assitej) where you will find lots of information about our sister companies, upcoming festivals, development opportunities and lots more.
Visit the TYA UK website here - http://tya-uk.org/