In the early part of 2016 The Spark Arts for Children in partnership with libraries across the East Midlands established a new touring theatre consortium specifically for the presentation of performance work in libraries. The new consortium, Among Ideal Friends, aimed to deliver and transport high quality book / story based performances and workshop activity for children 5-11 years, their families and schools.
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.
Read the Executive Summary on findings from phase one.