Wise Children tickets on sale now!

Wise Children tickets on sale now!

We are delighted to announce that tickets for our first show are on sale now.

The Old Vic and Wise Children present

A co-production with Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Oxford Playhouse, York Theatre Royal 

Wise Children

By Angela Carter

Adapted and directed by Emma Rice

Performances at The Old Vic from 8 October – 10 November: Buy Tickets

Performances at Oxford Playhouse from 13 – 17 November: Buy Tickets

Performances at Cambridge Arts Theatre from 20 – 24 November: Buy Tickets

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We’re hiring again! Could you be our new Finance Manager?

We’re hiring again! Could you be our new Finance Manager?

Wise Children is looking for a Finance Manager to join its small, busy and ambitious team in Bristol. This will be the company’s first Finance position, meaning the new Finance Manager will be responsible for creating the company’s financial systems. They’ll also manage the day-to-day financial administration of the company and support the Executive Team in all aspects of financial management, compliance and reporting.

Wise Children is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes candidates from all backgrounds.

Salary: £32 – 40K, pro rata depending on experience. Hours: 32 hours a week (equivalent to 4 days a week). Based: Bristol

Download the Wise Children Finance Manager Job Pack for a full job description and details of how to apply.

All applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 23 May. Successfully shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in Bristol on Tuesday 29 May.

If you would like further information, support with access requirements for application or interview, or have any queries about the post, contact Poppy Keeling, Executive Producer:

Wise Children is open to new and creative ways of working. We encourage applications that suggest flexible, imaginative ways of delivering the role.

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School for Wise Children: apply now

School for Wise Children: apply now


We are delighted to announce that applications are now open for…

Emma Rice’s School for Wise Children


Sat 16 and Sun 17, Sat 23 and Sun 24, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June 2018, 11am – 6pm each day, at Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA.  Places cost £500 (£350 for students), or are available free to applicants in receipt of benefits. More details below. 

Music and sound play a central role in Emma Rice’s work and over the years she has developed a unique approach to creating meaningful and contemporary theatre scores. Music is the heartbeat of her work and in her rehearsal room the line between actor and musician is constantly shifting, with both musicians and actors responding instinctively, imaginatively and equally to the material.

This six-day course is led by Composer, Music Director and long-term collaborator Ian Ross, with Emma Rice and sound designer Simon Baker. The module will look at the skills needed to improvise with actors, create musical arrangements around set themes, and compose at speed. It will also explore the role of the musician on stage – as chorus and as storyteller – asking how we can drive the story forward, or provide focus, or simply know when silence is the best underscore.


Please make a video of yourself playing and singing your favourite song (singing is desirable but not essential). It could be something you have composed yourself or something you love. Upload this video to Vimeo or YouTube and send the link, along with a brief email outlining your musical experience and why you’d like to take this course, to .

Applications must be received by 5pm Friday 11 May. Successful applicants will be informed Friday 25 May.

Participants should be confident musicians (on any instrument) but no experience of playing for theatre is necessary. There is no requirement to read music. We’ll aim to put together a group with a diverse range of experiences and instruments.

The course is aimed at ages 18+, but younger applicants will be considered.


If you receive Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension, Credit Guarantee Credit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Universal Credit, Housing Benefit or support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, you’re eligible for a free place at the School for Wise Children. Please note this on your application, and we’ll be in touch to talk more about how we can support you while you train with us. As well as a free place, we may also be able to cover travel, accommodation and / or other costs.

Full price places cost £500, and discounted places for current students are £350.


Ian is a multi-instrumentalist, associate artist of Kneehigh, composer and Music Director. Born in Somerset, Ian began his musical life playing in bands in the back of vans and travelling up and down the country and across Europe as trombonist for festival favourites Babyhead and The Zen Hussies. From a degree in Musical Instrument Technology (guitar building and the finer points of the use of paper in European pipe organs), to being lead tutor at Bath Festival Trust’s Creative factory, Ian has a breadth of experience of music and the many ways it has of contributing to the human experience. As a performer and Music Director, Ian has toured extensively for Kneehigh over the last ten years in shows including; The Red ShoesDon John, The Wild BrideTristan and Yseult and The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk. As composer: Twelfth Night (The Globe), The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Kneehigh).

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Looking for Wise Children


We are hiring!

Wise Children is seeking an Administrator with the passion and experience to support the delivery of its ambitious plans to create new work, challenge traditional touring models and train a new generation of theatre makers. You will be joining the team at the very beginning: Wise Children officially launches as an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation in April 2018, so we’re looking for someone with experience of the job but who also enjoys thinking and working flexibly, and is excited about being part of building the organisation from the ground up.

Wise Children is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes candidates from all backgrounds.

You can download the application pack here.

Wise Children Administrator Recruitment Pack

All applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 7 February.

If you would like further information, support with access requirements for application or interview, or queries about either post, contact Poppy Keeling (Executive Producer)

Cliff tops and new horizons


It’s a new year and Wise Children is beginning to bud like an impatient crocus. We are poking our heads through the winter soil and looking at the future with bright and colourful minds and eyes!

We have a new team – the brilliant Judith Dimant and Poppy Keeling have joined as Executive Director and Executive Producer and we are all working away on our plans for Wise Children’s first season. It is a thrilling moment as we not only get down to delicious theatry business, but also get to know each other. Theatre is a deeply personal endeavour and, if you are to do it with surprise and intimacy, you need to know and trust your team with joy and respect. This is not proving difficult as Judith, Poppy and I discover we share tastes in theatre, food, clothes and travel! I love this moment of plotting and dreaming. I feel a heady sense of invincibility, like a young footballer who can’t imagine not getting the ball in the back of the net. I feel excited and certain – there will be plenty of time to fear the worst in the future. Now, we are teetering on a cliff top in the faithful and foolish knowledge that if we were to fall we would most definitely fly. And fly we intend to do!

But for all this excitement and exhilaration, change also brings some sadness. I have said goodbye to my Associate Producer Allegra Galvin who has been with me on the Wise Children journey from the start. Without her tenacity, talent, belief, and friendship, I would not be on this glorious cliff top. She helped me find the story and meaning behind Wise Children and her steadfast support and razor sharp mind have made this dream a reality. I wave a hanky to her as she sails off to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as Senior Policy Advisor – they are lucky to have her. To quote Tina Turner, she is simply the best!

This farewell is only survivable as Allegra has agreed to join the Wise Children Board of Trustees so I will not only retain her deep understanding and vision, but her friendship also.

So here’s to new years, new beginnings, friendships old and new – and cliff tops promising flight and freedom. I am lucky beyond words.

– Emma Rice

The Dream Team


I’ve never been much of a dreamer, not when sleeping anyway. If I do happen to remember my dreams, they tend to feature people I know doing fairly ordinary things. Real life, however, often catches me out and it has never surprised me more than the events of the last year. It was a surprise of the finest kind when Judith and Poppy applied to join Wise Children and I am still pinching myself to believe that this extraordinary opportunity has come my way. Their experience at Complicité, the company that has inspired me more than any other, is stellar. They are fierce in their passion and knowledge, yet exhilaratingly flexible in their ability to imagine different ways of working. They are curious and knowledgable, fearless and ambitious, thoughtful and creative. I feel my artistic spirits lift when we talk and the ideas start to flow in the secure knowledge that these exceptional women will be able to turn these dreams into a reality. We are all ready to make something truly special happen; we are eager and able, and you can feel the excitement building.

I am not asleep, far from it, but I am walking through my dreams. This is a new beginning and I now have the finest of fellow adventurers by my side. Sometimes, life is indeed a dream.

– Emma Rice

Judith Dimant and Poppy Keeling will join Emma Rice to lead Wise Children, with Poppy taking up her role as Executive Producer in the new year and Judith as Executive Director later in the spring. Both join Wise Children from Complicité.



This blog post includes links to our recent NPO application to Arts Council England (ACE), a grants for the arts application to ACE for organisational development and the company’s communications with ACE.

This information has been requested through a Freedom of Information request to ACE and we thought the most transparent thing to do would be to publish all this information ourselves. So here it is, for everyone to read, on our blog

We are really proud of the ideas, imagination and graft that went into writing these applications, and think Arts Council England’s assessment is detailed and fair. There’s lots to do as we now work up our plans and proposals and build strong partnerships.

If you read the NPO application, you will notice some information has been removed. We are allowed to hold back information that is commercially sensitive, but we aimed to do this as little as possible. You won’t see Emma’s roster of future projects (can’t spoil all the surprises!) and the budget figures which show what kind of deals Wise Children aims to strike with future partners and venues.

So, here it is, in full. Enjoy!

Keep up to date with our latest news, opportunities and ideas on this blog, and if you would like to get in touch or want to connect with the company in any way, then please email allegra@wisechildren.co.uk.

Emma & Allegra

Wise Children NPO application and supporting documents

Wise Children NPO assessment

NPO Mandatory Conversation Wise Children

Wise Children Organisational Development

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