On Art, Children and Schools

On Art, Children and Schools

For the last fifteen years Fevered Sleep has been exploring the rich seam of creativity that appears where professional artistic practice meets children and childhood – through a series of performance works made for young audiences; projects created in collaboration with children (most recently Men & Girls Dance); research projects like Future Play (which modelled new approaches to making and touring performance for children); and by building peer networks and events that have tried to activate the conversation about art, children, quality and ambition.  It’s been a massive part of our work over this decade and a half, and it’s… Read More

Grief Work

So here we are:  working on a new project about grief…

On Grief

Some thoughts and reflections on grief, as we develop a new project.

Fevered Sleep/Young Vic production of
directed by David Harradine and Sam Butler

On Why Children Matter

In 2011, the writer Michael Morpurgo gave a public lecture on the cultural lives of children.  He questioned the value we give to the role of teachers, parents and artists in preparing children for independent life, outlining the low status attributed to work for children in the cultural sector: He said, “Whether we are talking about children’s theatre, children’s television programmes, children’s films, or children’s books, it is the same — you are at the bottom of the pile. It’s just for children. And even within these worlds, the younger the children concerned…the less status for those involved.” Some time… Read More