So Where Did It All Begin?
In 1989, Peter Glanville founded Kazzum and was our first Artistic Director. Peter’s intention was to create professional theatre for children and young people that bridged the gap between the worlds of entertainment and education
Over the years, the UK’s youth audiences have got bigger and ever more discerning, and we like to think the projects and performances we have delivered to young people around the country have been part of that.
When Daryl Beeton took over as Artistic Director in 2006, we continued to strengthen this approach by putting engagement, participation and excellence for young people at the heart of the work. We now have a strong focus taking theatre to where young people are as they go out and about with their families.
We constantly seek new and innovative methods of captivating our audiences’ interest. As well as offering ambitious theatrical experiences produced with energy and flair, we look beyond the familiar to challenge audiences’ preconceptions about what theatre – and life – can be.
In recent times, we have produced a variety of new shows for families, shows for teenagers to attend with their school or youth groups, and expanded our partnership work with other organisations. We now work in partnership with a wide range of statutory, voluntary and private sector organisations to create and deliver high quality, ground-breaking theatre for young people both here in the UK and overseas.
Under our current Artistic Director Heidi Vaughan, Kazzum is continuing to strive to create brilliant live performances in unusual spaces and provide a spectrum of dynamic participatory activities. Young people remain the real heartbeat of our organisation and we are extremely proud to continue investing in those with the fewer opportunities.
In particular, it is through the participation of young people in recent years that we at Kazzum have developed our own abilities to deliver resonant, dynamic work that really engages the audience.