Among Ideal Friends

Inspire is bringing some of the best performers and theatre companies from across the UK into your libraries.

Working with The Spark Arts for Children Inspire's libraries have brought fun and imaginative theatre for children and families as part of Among Ideal Friends. 

Among Ideal Friends was a new theatre touring consortium developed by The Spark Arts for Children in partnership with libraries in the East Midlands. 

Inspired by books and stories for children 5-11 years, the tour gave families and schools new opportunities to take part in arts and culture at venues on their doorstep.

Over an 18 month period,  5 seasons of theatre performances and workshops were held in libraries across the region; Leicester City, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire.

In Nottinghamshire over 1,500 people attended performances as part of the project.

Our Among Ideal Friends Performances

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat:  August 2016

Nottinghamshire saw  further performances of A Boy and A Bear in a Boat, a play created specifically for our libraries in our 2014 Pop Up Theatre project (again working with The Spark).

The First by Jayne Williams:  November 2016

Schools were treated to a powerful play about The First World War called The First written by Jayne Williams.

Big Sister, Little Brother: December 2016

Family and school audiences saw a riotous retelling of The Emperor's New Clothes with Big Sister, Little Brother .

Where the River Runs:  April 2017

Full House Theatre brought their stunning dance performance Where the River Runs following the journey of a brave adventurer.

Sylvia South and the Word Catcher

The final season The Spark Arts for Children presented Sylvia South and the Word Catcher, a new play created for the project which toured 12 libraries in Nottinghamshire

Photos:  Sylvia South and the Word Catcher by Pamela Raith

The First by Jayne Williams

Big Sister, Little Brother

Where the River Runs