Travelling Light creates outstanding theatre for and with young people that inspires their thinking, engages their emotions and fires their imaginations.
Since 1984 we have sparked the creative journey of over one million young people in our locality of Barton Hill, throughout Bristol and beyond. Read about some of their stories.
Our programme of work
We create award winning professional productions for young audiences and manage a thriving participation programme for children and young people aged 7-25.
Our shows capture the imagination of children, young people and their families throughout the UK and globally. For many of our audiences seeing one of our shows is their first experience of theatre and can inspire a lifetime’s enjoyment.
Our work is nationally and internationally recognised, while remaining embedded within our community of Barton Hill in Bristol. We aim to innovate, inspire and change the conversation about what theatre for young audiences is and can be. Read more about our artistic practice.
We have been at the forefront of professional Theatre for Young Audiences since 1984 and our work has won a range of accolades including OFFIE’s for Boing! (2017) and Cinderella: A Fairy Tale (2014), an Olivier nomination (2013), and International Theatre Critics awards (for Into the West and Clown). Read more about our history.
Our participation programme
Our participation programme offers creative experiences to children and young people in Barton Hill and across Bristol.
We believe in every child’s entitlement to creativity and imagination and proactively engage with children and young people who would otherwise have little or no access to arts and cultural activities.
We are committed to supporting the next generation of artists and arts leaders by bringing together young people with the best artists and offering progression routes for young people through to careers in theatre.
Visit our take part pages to find out more about our opportunities for young people, including youth theatre, creative learning and projects.
Visit our stories page for an insight into our projects and the young people we work with.
Understanding the impact of our Youth Theatre
Between March and December 2019, we commissioned Evaluation Consultant, Nell Farrally, to co-ordinate a collaborative evaluation process. The purpose of the evaluation was to understand what children, young people and families think about our Youth Theatre. You can read the executive summary here.
Our 14-19's youth theatre group
in performance at Club Loco Bristol, Summer 2018
Read our latest Impact Report for 2020-21.
2020-21 was an extraordinary year, like no other in Travelling Light's 37-year history. As a charity based in Barton Hill, an area particuarly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, we asked ourselves the question "as a theatre company, is there a need for our work?" It soon became clear that the answer was yes. Stories, creativity and imagination were very much still needed by children and their families, supporting wellbeing, connection and play during extremely difficult times.
Read our 2019-20 Impact Report here.
We're a registered charity and part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio and Bristol City Council’s Cultural Investment Programme. We rely on our funders, donors, supporters and Friends to enable us to keep inspiring thousands of children and young people through theatre. Find out more about how to support us.
Impact Report 2019-20
Watch our 2020-21 report showcasing the impact of our work.
We have a small team of dedicated staff members who deliver our productions, engagement activities and management of the company.
To get in touch with us visit the contact section of our website.
We are supported by many freelancers, casual employees and associate artists.
Visit our jobs and opportunities page for opportunities to join our team.
Our organisation is steered by a skilled and committed team of trustees and our Youth Board.
The Travelling Light team