Who are we

About Theatre Hullabaloo

Theatre Hullabaloo is a pioneering organisation that makes, tours & promotes theatre for young audiences, aged 0 – 16 years old, because we believe that they are the most important audience of all.

We create pioneering work which puts the young person at the heart of the creative process. Our work is driven by the belief that young audiences have an entitlement to theatre of the highest quality which inspires the imagination and challenges the mind.

Theatre Hullabaloo believes that going to the theatre should be part of everyone’s childhood, so we not only work closely with specialist creative teams embedding young people’s contributions at every stage of the artistic process to make and tour our own shows, we also support artists who want to develop work for young audiences and venues who want to offer great theatre for families.

“We think that going to the theatre should be an unforgettable part of everyone’s childhood.”

Laura Case, Executive Director

About our work

We make all our work in collaboration with partners who bring additional value to our projects and who share our child-centred values.

We believe that access to high quality theatre is a cultural entitlement of all children. Through our work in communities, we create unique creative opportunities that enrich young lives and support young people to negotiate an increasingly complicated world.

To top it all off, we produce TakeOff Festival, England’s leading annual festival of theatre for children and young people, and programme and promote a year round family theatre offer through partnerships with venues across the North East.

We are a registered charity and a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and are proud to bring our work to children in schools and venues in some of the most deprived areas of the country.

Our team

Theatre Hullabaloo Team

Miranda Thain

Artistic Producer

In her current role, Miranda leads the artistic programme and learning and research elements of Theatre Hullabaloo’s work, including the development and mentorship of artists. Miranda has a particular interest in the role of imaginative play in the lives of very young children.

Miranda has commissioned and produced more than 45 shows for, by and with children and young people.

Cath Robson

Finance & Office Manager

Sarah Churlish

Programme Coordinator

Kimberley O'Hara

Marketing Officer

Amy Swalwell


Ali Rigby-Roberts

Technical Manager

Theatre Hullabaloo Board of Trustees

Sharon Paterson (Chair)

Associate Director Cultural Engagement MIMA and Teesside University

Anne Besford (Vice Chair)

Chief Executive, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

Karen Race

Deputy Director of Academic Enterprise, Teesside University

Emma Gaudern

Solicitor, Managing Director at EMG Solicitors

Erica Morris

Assistant Festival Director, Ilkley Literature Festival

Terry Courtney

Retired Finance Director, various organisations

Matthew Jarratt

Arts Consultant and Manager, NE Cultural Partnership

Pauline Moger

Cultural Sector Consultant, Pauline Moger Consultancy

Join the team

Could you be our next Executive Director?

Theatre Hullabaloo is a small team fired with passion and commitment to impact the lives of our local audiences and also to contribute to national and international conversations about the role of the arts and creativity in children’s lives. We are a friendly and inclusive organisation who work hard to support and meet the varying needs of people who work with us to ensure we employ the best people to do the job and that they represent the communities we serve. We are now looking for a dynamic, resourceful and ambitious Executive Director to help shape our next chapter.


We are also looking for volunteers!

As a volunteer you will be working alongside families that visit The Hullabaloo, enhancing their experience while they are with us by supporting them in activities and giving a friendly welcome as they arrive. This has a great impact on audiences and is a great support for our organisation as without volunteer support, we often wouldn’t be able to run activities in the building.

If you have an interest in culture and working with families and small children then this could be for you!


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