A Sketchbook of Vital Ideas

Vital Spark is an ambitious four-year programme which harnesses the talent of a diverse range of artists in order to realise a vision of a sector that is relevant to and representative of all children.

A Sketchbook of Vital Ideas is an online opportunity to meet with leading theatre-makers, preview new shows in the making and find out what their work can offer you.

Now's the time to sketch out a plan and not let 'diversity' be just a heading in your business plan. By engaging in conversations, commissions and the programming of diverse work for young audiences can open up new ideas and ways of working into the heart of our creative practice.

Join artists Chad Taylor, Takeshi Matsumoto, Mellow Baku and burn / gobscure as they share their current work and invite you into a conversation, not a presentation.


A Sketchbook of Vital Ideas with Chad and Takeshi

Thursday 11 Feb - 11am- 1pm

Join artists Chad Taylor and Takeshi Matsumoto as they share their current work and invite you into a conversation, not a presentation.

Chad Taylor will share his latest work in development, When I Hear Music, for young people aged 10-13 years old, which delves into wellbeing and mental health of young people in the transition from primary to secondary school, using Hip Hop/street dance techniques.

Takeshi Matsumoto will share his latest work in development, Club Origami, a piece for early years which is a space full of papers that invites family audiences on a journey that celebrates creation, imagination and alternative world views.

A Sketchbook of Vital Ideas with Mellow and burn / gobscure

Thursday 11 Feb - 3pm- 5pm

Join artists Mellow and Sean as they share their current work and invite you into a conversation, not a presentation.

Mellow Baku will share her latest work in development - Mmm Ahhh Whoosh, A piece for early years in which she explores ways to encourage vocalising in babies, children and their parents and carers. Cross-arts theatre and intuitive jazz composer musicians combine with movement and digital artists to devise ways to push the boundaries of performance for early years.

burn / gobscure will share their latest work in development - Trees Don't Grow on Money, a play for 8 -12 years olds. Three feisty lasses (unicorn, lips and star) share a precious, ancient den across three seasons. An escaped lynx is slowly making its way to this same den. The lasses discover a new obs-platform (surveillance) is to be built on their den destroying this ancient piece of wild. Learning from nature, from Doctor Who, and from creative campaigns around the world, the three lasses fight back and save this wild.