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

Miranda Thain is Artistic Producer of Theatre Hullabaloo, one of the UK’s leading theatre companies creating original work for children and young people.

Over the last 16 years, she has produced more than 40 shows for, by and with children and young people and worked for companies including tutti frutti productions, M6 Theatre Company and Konflux Theatre in Education. In 2003, she completed an MA in Applied Theatre.

She joined Theatre Hullabaloo (then CTC Theatre) in 2007 and has led the company’s rebrand to Theatre Hullabaloo and its artistic and learning programmes since 2008. In 2017, Theatre Hullabaloo opened The Hullabaloo, a new purpose designed venue for children and families in Darlington.

Miranda serves on the boards of Creative Darlington, North East Cultural Partnership (chairing the children and young people’s group) and chairs the Early Years thematic group for Tees Valley Cultural Education Partnership.

“Theatre for children and young people should strive to be sophisticated and playful. Theatre Hullabaloo aims to offer them a rich palette of creativity that at least equals, and often exceeds, the best adults have on offer.”

Laura Case

Executive Director

Cath Robson

Finance & Office Manager

Sarah Churlish

Programme Coordinator

Kimberley O'Hara

Marketing Officer

Amy Swalwell

Events and Festivals Co-ordinator

Ali Rigby-Roberts

Technical Manager

Fiona Goudie-Hunter


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

Theatre Hullabaloo is one of the UK’s leading children’s arts organisations. We make, produce, promote and programme world-class theatre for young audiences. In December 2017, we opened The Hullabaloo, a purpose-designed venue for children and families in Darlington, which is where we are based.

We are now looking for a dynamic, resourceful and ambitious Executive Director to help shape our next chapter.

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