Touring East Midlands Libraries

Among Ideal Friends

Among Ideal Friends is a touring performance project developed by The Spark Arts for Children in partnership with Libraries in the East Midlands. Working together to deliver and transport high quality family theatre performances and workshop activities, inspired by books and stories for children, families and schools, alongside training for library staff and community volunteers.

The consortium is a partnership between, The Spark Arts for Children, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Rutland County Council, Nottingham City Council, Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries.

The consortium's objectives are to; support the development of libraries as Artsmark Partners supporting schools and making a contribution to Cultural Education Partnerships locally and to introduce new audiences to great work for children, schools and families.

With funding from Arts Council's National Lottery supported Strategic Touring programme Among Ideal Friends will tour family theatre in libraries between Summer 2018 & Summer 2020.

Click for more information on phase one, to read the Executive Summary, download the Evaluation report and to see our Marvellous Marketing resource

Current Production

Touring July / April 2019.

The Spark Arts for Children in association with Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries present The Girl of Ink and Stars, a new play by Satinder Chohan, based on the book by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped. When a girl from the village disappears, Isabella and her lifelong friend Pablo go in search of her.

A tale of maps, myth and monsters for ages 7+ and their families


Among Ideal Friends Phase Two

Toured April 2019.

Mashi Theatre presents "Stripey Honey... is very yummy"

A colourful and touching story, with music, song, dance and puppets, of tigers, bees and honey collectors learning to live and play together.

Watch the show trailer on You Tube


Toured November 2018.

The First a play for school groups based on the global events of World War I, told from the perspective of two boys from a small town in the East Midlands.


Toured summer 2018

The Gingerbread Man presented by The Spark Arts for Children, Hiccup Theatre in association with Derby Theatre,

'Chase after our cheeky gingerbread hero as he sets off on the biggest adventure of his life! Out of the Kitchen, through the town, across the fields and all the way to the river….. Now if he could just avoid that sly old fox!'