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30th July 2014 Sara Lock

Developing family friendly productions in collaboration with touring companies

By: Family and Childcare Trust, Family Arts Campaign


When Wriggle Dance Theatre were developing their production of Once in a Blue Moon they worked with Déda in Derby so that they could trial the work in front of a family audience to help shape the development of the show before taking it on tour. This case study is part of a series that supports the Family Arts Standards that have been developed by the Family Arts Campaign and the Family and Childcare Trust and provides guidance on how best to welcome families to arts organisations.

Top Three Tips for being a Family Friendly Arts Venue:

  • Work closely with visiting companies to help you understand prior to performance what exactly the product is; and, where you can, support companies to develop their work through giving them ‘testing’ opportunities with real families.
  • Keep the price of tickets low for all, so that there is no need for a ‘family ticket’ scenario.
  • Maximise the family visit by providing an experience that starts outside the theatre and continues beyond the actual show.
| Published:2014

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