Project information

‘Brilliant’ - theatre for children

Fevered Sleep create extraordinary performance for children and advocate for more ambition in theatre for young audiences.

Support us to present acclaimed 'Brilliant' in London from 3-13 July; a dazzling show about light, dark and bedtime rituals which will inspire audiences, whatever their age

July 2013 - July 2013

Charity information

Fevered Sleep

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  • Need


    In the UK today, children aged 12 and under make up 15% of the population. However, only 1% of public funding for the arts is directed towards work for children. A hierarchy still exists which values art for adults over art for young people. Fevered Sleep is a recognised champion of raised ambition and higher quality in performance work for children. We lead by example and have earned our reputation for extraordinary work for young audiences.


    Bringing 'Brilliant' back to the Young Vic from 3-13 July 2013 will create an opportunity for more children to enjoy a mesmerising experience and an unforgettable introduction to the theatre. We want extraordinary and inspiring work for children to be part of our every day lives. And we know our audiences do too. From surveys 80% said our shows for children were excellent and 88% said it was important that more shows like it were available to them in the future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To present ‘Brilliant’ at a London venue to early years and family audiences.


    » Revive and present 'Brilliant' across a run of 10 performances at a London venue.

    Success will be attracting 700 early years audiences and their families, carers and teachers to see our production 'Brilliant' in London.

    Aim 2

    To reach new audiences that have never been to the theatre or have limited access to performance.


    » To create targeted marketing campaigns with our venue to reach new audiences and use published and box office data to identify audience coldspot areas

    Success will be be attracting 50% new audiences to see 'Brilliant.'

    Aim 3

    To engage children in the ideas and themes of the production.


    » Provide 2 workshops for 60 children to explore creative ideas from the show with our artists.

    Success will be involving 60 children in the workshops where deeper engagement with the artists in the show’s content will enhance their audience experience.

    Aim 4

    To advocate for better quality children's work among audiences and the arts sector.


    » To create 1 event and 1 publication that will share best practice and advocate for better quality.

    Success will be communicating our findings to the arts sector and wider audiences and the fundings being use to make a strong case to funders and policy makers.

  • Impact


    The project will increase the opportunities for more children in London to see high quality performance. This project is part of a larger initiative we are delivering called 'Future Play', exploring new ways to tour children’s work and raising awareness of the issues and challenges around work for children. . We will analyse box office data, surveys, press coverage and anecdotal evidence and use findings from both these projects to advocate for change.


    There is a risk that we will not raise the target to finance this project. We are addressing this by proactive fundraising now, 10 months in advance of the start date, from a range of sources. We also have 50% of funding in place.


    Donors will receive our email bulletins detailing progress on Fevered Sleep projects. They will also be invited to attend the event when we share our findings.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £18,375

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,200 Production costs material costs, production manager time
      £6,900 Re-rehearsal costs Crew, lighting, performers, production manager etc
      £2,700 Running costs 10 performances x 2 performers, creative team salaries
      £1,200 Marketing Artwork, Programme design and print
      £2,000 event and publication venue hire, design and print
      £1,375 workshops and contingency Artists x 2 x 2 workshops, materials, contingency at 5%

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Paul Hamlyn Foundation £9,000 Conditional
  • Background


    'Brilliant' will be presented from 3-13 July 2013 at the Young Vic, London venue. We will target new audiences aged 3-5 from early years settings (nurseries, children’s centres, play groups) across London as well as family audiences from coldspot areas where theatre attendance is low. We will use published data and venue box office to identify where these audiences are.


    700 audiences from across London will benefit from this project and in addition 60 children will have the opportunity to attend creative learning workshops. Arts sector peers will benefit from our shared findings, especially those who support our vision for greater ambition in work for children and advocate for it in the work they promote and create.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Fevered Sleep has an established reputation for creating exceptional work for children. We have been creating and touring work for young audiences for over 10 years and and 'Brilliant' is one of our best-loved shows. "Fevered Sleep's Brilliant more than lives up to its name... A delight for all ages and truthful, too, an exquisite show.” The Guardian, **** Brilliant was nominated for a TMA Award in 2009. We will bring our experience, expertise and a remarkable performance to this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Harradine

    David Harradine, Fevered Sleep Artistic Director, is renowned in the UK and internationally for his passion for and commitment to work for children.

    Sophie Eustace

    Sophie Eustace, Executive Director, has been at Fevered Sleep for over 5 years, and has been producing work for children for over 10 years.

    Claire Lee

    Claire Lee, Development Director has been an arts fundraiser for over 10 years supporting the successful financing of a range of performance work.

"Fevered Sleep never underestimates the imaginative intelligence of a small child."

The Financial Times