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

Administrator

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

Terry Courtney

Retired Finance Director, various organisations

Matthew Jarratt

Arts Consultant and Manager, NE Cultural Partnership

Pauline Moger

Cultural Sector Consultant, Pauline Moger Consultancy

Simon James

Professor of English Durham University

Kerami Roberts

Disability and Access Advocacy, Qualified Music Teacher

Catherine Lenahan

Education Consultant

Michael Costelloe

Chartered Legal Executive

Join the team

We are recruiting for two roles at Theatre Hullabaloo

  • Programme Assistant, 20 hours
  • Marketing Assistant, 20 hours
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