Travelling Light uses theatre to enhance the lives of children and young people
From our base in Barton Hill Bristol, our stories travel all over the world, offering children and young people a chance to go on wild adventures, understand the world around them and within them, express themselves and have FUN.
Our mission is to create outstanding theatre for and with young people that inspires their thinking, engages their emotions and fires their imaginations.
We create award winning professional productions which tour locally, nationally and sometimes internationally as well as into schools across our home city of Bristol. We also run a large participatory programme, which allows young people to learn skills and create their own theatre. This work has a particular focus on engaging participants from our immediate locality - a ward among the 10% most deprived in England. We aim to reach many children and young people through our work who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience theatre.
We've been doing this since 1984. In that time we have collected lots of stories, many of which you can discover throughout our website. And you can build your own story by taking part in Youth Theatre, or volunteering.
To find out more about our 30 years history, read our 30th anniversary story.
We're a registered charity and a member of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio as well as a Key Arts Provider for Bristol City Council. We also receive core grant funding from The Tudor Trust. We increasingly need to raise money through donations and fundraising to keep playing and creating, so that ALL children and young people can dream big and fulfil their potential as happy, healthy creative individuals. Find out how you can support us here.
Download our annual report for 2016-17 here.
Travelling Light 2016-17
An overview of Travelling Light's professional productions, participation programme and plans for the future.
The Travelling Light team.
Travelling Light has a small team of dedicated staff members who deliver our productions, participation programmes and day to day management of the company. To get in touch with us visit the contact section of our website. We are also supported by our Board of Trustees.
We are always looking for volunteers to support us, find out how to get involved here.
Hillstories Summerschool 2017
A free week of intergenerational creative activity, meeting and creating with local residents to create a performance inspired by their stories, performed at Barton Hill Festival 2017
Style and Practice
We always present new and original work. We are known as a devising company and our work with young people is focussed on developing those skills, although occasionally we commission scripts as well. All of our shows explore themes that have a relevance to young people. They are always made following a period of research & development and produced with highly physical, visual and musical elements. We want our audiences to enjoy interesting, different or inspiring stories.
We believe that theatre has the potential to transform lives. We are committed to ensuring that our work is of the highest possible artistic standard and that everyone that engages with our work has a brilliant experience.
This is as true of our professional tours as it is our Youth Theatre productions or school play projects.
The creative teams and performers we employ are freelancers. This means that they might work for us one week, and then someone else another! You might also see their names associated with other companies or venues in Bristol.
Our core staff act as producers or project managers for each show we create.