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

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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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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