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.
Latest Production - Seasons
Seasons - Toured Summer 2021
A joyful look at the world around us.
Immersed in the wild two acrobats dig, climb and lose balance in a joyful exploration of the nature in and around us. Enticing sounds, greenery up above and soil underfoot, the world of SEASONS is full of possibilities.
An engaging and atmospheric experience for all the family. SEASONS will ignite your senses and create a space to playfully reconnect with our natural world. Bring a cushion and a blanket to create your comfy, safe space for this incredible family show.
Among Ideal Friends Phase Two
During social distancing we produced a collection of creative resources and imaginative activities for you to enjoy at home.
Toured November 2019.
The Iron Man - Ted Hughes' classic modern-day fable of a giant Iron robot and the fearless courage of a young boy named Hogarth is a beautiful tale about friendship, understanding and tolerance. This new adaptation by award-winning writer Paul Sirett is brought to magical and compelling life by Graeae Theatre Company; created speciﬁcally for school audiences, performed in local library settings.
Featuring captivating puppetry and playful storytelling this production also integrates British Sign Language and audio description into every performance.
Adapted from the original work by Ted Hughes, published by Faber & Faber, with thanks to the Estate of Ted Hughes.
The Iron Man Teachers Resource (PDF, 1.4 Mb)
Ideas for the classroom and writing exercises.
Toured Summer 2019
The Girl of Ink and Stars A new play by Satinder Chohan, based on the book by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Presented by The Spark Arts for Children in association with Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries
'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
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.
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!'