Looking for Wise Children

Wise Children Ltd.

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) wisechildrenoffice@gmail.com

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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Emails held by Simon Mellor

Emails held by Neil Darlison

An introduction from our Chair

Clare Reddington shares her excitement about Wise Children and the journey ahead…

In early 2017, I sat down with Emma Rice to talk about her new company and was struck  – like everyone else – by her energy, enthusiasm, courage and vision, but I was also wary. “I can’t digital your theatre” I said (I have been there before). “I can’t make you a website or stream your show.” But Emma didn’t want those things – “I am here because you are passionate about Bristol” she said, and she began sharing the Wise Children vision of talent development and cross art form creativity. To be honest she had me at Bristol.

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