Project information

Creating a children's Paradise

Engaging young audiences aged 8 plus, offering them a site-specific experience with the same high production values and integrity of content as the best adult theatre around. Working with highly experienced artists we will install Paradise in London's Bargehouse, creating a benchmark for this genre

November 2010 - August 2011

Charity information


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  • Need


    There is still a lack of quality theatre and dance provision for schools and families in the UK, particularly within the site-specific genre. Many key venues programme international artists to deliver their high profile family work, or rely on adaptations or musical versions of television programmes.

    In 2009 the Arts Council's Theatre Assessment Findings identified a principle concern as "a gap between early years and teens: a lack of work for 7 to 12 year olds".


    We will continue to develop our site-specific work internationally, but it has become increasingly important for the company to have a more visible UK presence. Maintaining the integrity of the work and the high production standards is part of what will make Paradise unique and will raise the bar for this work in the UK. There is evidence from venues, audiences and Arts Council of a demand and a growing audience for this work amongst schools and families. Paradise will be created for ages 8+

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To inspire and engage children in the arts


    » We will offer children and families access to work of the same quality as the best adult theatre around.
    » We will create downloadable resource material focusing on movement, the elements and cultural exploration.
    » We will run a minimum of 10 movement and object animation workshops for local school children. We will run a minimum of 5 family workshops.
    » We will develop a relationship with a local school group, inviting them to attend rehearsal “sharings” and encourage their feedback.

    Success will be achievement of targets for schools and family attendance and workshop activities. We will work with an education co-ordinator to monitor feedback on workshops.

    Aim 2

    To build on previous audience development and attract new ones.


    » We will work closely with our commissioners and Coin Street to implement audience development plans, closely linked to our resource activities.
    » We will use the evaluation from our previous productions to develop new marketing skills and tools to attract family audiences.

    Success will be an increase in attendance levels and the capture of information on first time attendees and/or returning audience members.

    Aim 3

    To provide Theatre-Rites with a visible site-specific presence in the UK


    » We will have the press and marketing support of our commissioner who will have access to a large database of audience members.
    » Choosing a venue with a central, accessibly and high profile location.
    » We will target key international and uk commissioners and promoters to attend the press performance of Paradise.

    Success will be demonstrated by an increase in our media profile and by our ability to secure interest from other UK commissioners for future site-specific work.

  • Impact


    This project will mark a change in the attitude towards challenging work for children, performed in non-traditional theatre spaces and will lead to new relationships with potential commissioners, specifically within the UK, but also internationally.

    In addition this project will offer all 3 partners an opportunity to develop links with new attendees and foster links with Southwark schools.


    Paradise will first be created in Germany in 2010 and the creative team and original cast will re-imagine it in London. There is a risk that original cast members will be unavailable, however we have considered this during the lengthy audition process and have a pool of other possible collaborators.


    Donors will be invited to rehearsal sharing to see first hand developments and in addition we can provide monthly reports on all areas of activity.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £243,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Assistant Director and Designe A contribution towards the costs of employing assistant directors and designers
      £29,400 Hire of Bargehouse The whole buidling will be required for 6 weeks: 3 weeks installation and 3 weeks of performances
      £15,000 Outreach activiites employing co-ordinator, creating resource pack and providing 15 schools and 5 family workshops

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Theatre-Rites reserve £50,000 Guaranteed
    RuhrTriennale inkind £30,000 Guaranteed
    Theatre-Rites core £45,000 Guaranteed
    Commissioner £68,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The performances will take place in the Bargehouse Building in Southwark on the Southbank. The Bargehouse is managed by Coin Street Community Builders which has close links with the local community. Schools workshops will take place in local schools and family workshops will be provided at the Bargehouse.


    Southwark is one of London's fastest growing tourist quarters and a thriving business location but it is also home to communities of high deprivation, we will work closely with Coin Street and our commissioners to focus on developing relationships with schools from the areas of high deprivation and by keeping ticket prices low hope to encourage participation and attendance. In addition families across London will have access to quality provision.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have mounted 13 tours, 8 site-specific productions, 3 exhibitions and 2 installations. Promoters are confident we have the organisational means to deliver experiences of high artistic quality. Due to a lack of UK commissioning money, since 2005 we have only created site-specific work internationally . The RuhrTriennale commissioned us in 2007 to create their first family production, Salt which was a highlight of the Festival and proved we were capable of creating exquisite large-scale work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sue Buckmaster Artisitic Director Theatre-Rites

    Sue will be director of Paradise and will also provide training and mentoring for workshop leaders.

    Claire Templeton Executive Director Theatre-Rites

    Claire will ensure that all partners and funders will be in place to ensure that Paradise will happen in London.

    John Johnston Project Manager Theatre-Rites

    John will manage the project, once all finances and partners are in place.