Join us for a series of online discussions about theatre for children and young people.

We will be talking to four leading arts professionals about their work and practice, and exploring some of the key issues in the sector today.

Discussing the importance of creating and programming theatre that is accessible, inclusive and relevant, we will be asking speakers to reflect on past and current projects and highlight key aspects of their practice.

These talks are for fellow practitioners, artists, producers and parents. 



julia collar

19th January 

Julia Collar is a neurodivergent sensory practitioner creating theatre, sensory stories and sensory trails/tours for children in the early years and/or people with severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities (SLD/PMLD). She is also mum to 8 yr old twins, one is autistic and the other lives with chronic illness.

The majority of her work focuses on emotional development, mental health and wellbeing. Her company is Collar & Cuffs Co, which was established in 2016, and has in a short space of time received multiple awards for productions as well as for their contribution to the community. They tour nationally, visiting over 6,000 children each year in both traditional and non-traditional theatre spaces.

Her sensory ethos is about using low or no cost items as a way of modelling to families and practitioners alike, how they can integrate sensory experiences easily and affordably in order to support mental health and emotional regulation.

Her sensory trails and tours have been installed in Shakespeare’s own garden, the National Maritime Museum, MK Gallery, in various theatres and even in her own village.



parmjit sagoo

21st January 

Drama and Yoga Practitioner, Community Artist and Producer

Parmjit has worked as a Creative Practitioner, Theatre Maker and Community Arts Project Manager for over 18 years, with extensive experience of working within education and community settings. Her unique approach weaves together drama, creative writing, story-making, storytelling and yoga. 

Working across these art forms, she creates safe yet dynamic spaces within which people can explore, imagine, question and collaborate. She is passionate about using creativity to develop connection, support wellbeing, inspire personal transformation and explore social justice.


adam carver 

26th January 

Adam Carver is an award-winning midlands based creative producer, performance-maker, and cultural activist. They develop socially engaged projects, which use performance in diverse contexts to think about queerness, community, fatness, care, and making change.

They are the former Festival Director of SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture, Birmingham. Their work has been commissioned by Birmingham Hippodrome, Home Live Art, Without Walls, Appetite Stoke, Offsite, and Greenwich Docklands International Festival.


Their recent projects have involved creating and supporting pioneering queer positive performance work for children and family audiences, and the outdoor arts sectors - including creating FANTABULOSA: a public space interactive drag show for kids. They are currently the producer for drag iconoclast Ginny Lemon, and delivering PALAVER!, a two-year artist, audience, and sector development programme supporting the creation of queer positive performance work for children and family audiences.


noel jordan

28th January 

Noel is the Festival Director of the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival joining the team in October 2015 from Australia where he had worked in Theatre for Children and Young People for almost 30 years.

Noel has extensive experience as a producer, director, actor-devisor and drama educator. Working as a Drama Lecturer in Arts Education at the University of Melbourne he also completed his Masters in Education.  As a producer Noel worked at Sydney Opera House where he curated the House:ed and Kids at the House annual youth programs (2004-2010 and in 2011 as a guest curator). He was previously an Executive Committee Member of ASSITEJ from 2008-2014.