Founded in 2010 by Co-Directors Kath Kimber-McTiffen and Lucy Knight, Wriggle Dance Theatre, a registered charity specialise in producing high quality dance performances for young children and their families, capturing the imagination of audiences by pushing the boundaries of performance to create playful interactive experiences combined with high quality contemporary dance theatre. Wriggle breaks down barriers to reach less engaged audiences by making work adaptable and accessible to all, inspiring and igniting imagination.
Alongside their performance work Wriggle offer an extensive education and outreach participation programme which is deeply rooted in their ethos of allowing all children and families to have the opportunity to participate in and experience dance from an early age, actively targeting children and families who are currently least engaged in the arts.
Since 2011, Wriggle has been supported by Arts Council England to research, develop and produce interactive dance performances, their first show, ‘Once in a Blue Moon’, toured regionally and nationally with a total of 79 performances. Their second show ‘The Colour of Me’ toured nationally to 24 venues from September 2016 – March 2017 receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from audiences and programmers.
Wriggle also produce touring work for non-theatre spaces and make work with intergenerational performance groups. Wriggle is also currently a Discovery Artist with Pavilion Dance South West and continues to work in close partnership with The Core at Corby Cube to develop new shows.
We create imaginative and playful environments for family audiences by pushing the boundaries of conventional performance.
Our work will empower children as both creators and performers
We will produce and deliver work of the highest quality
Our work will break down barriers by being accessible to all regardless of social background or financial restraints
Business plan summary
Lucy is Co-Director of Wriggle Dance Theatre and is responsible for the company’s marketing and publicity, staff recruitment and training. She is jointly responsible for the ongoing artistic and strategic development of the organisation.
Kath is Co-Director of Wriggle Dance Theatre and is responsible for tour booking and venue liaison, as well as responsible for managing the company’s finances. She is jointly responsible for the ongoing artistic and strategic development of the organisation.
Board of Directors
Carrie Carruthers - Chair
Carrie has management, communication and strategic skills proven over 20 years in the arts working in both independent arts organisations and the funding sector. She has a strong network of contacts in the arts sector nationally and knowledge of the cultural priorities and opportunities across statutory and private sectors. She has been an independent fundraiser since June 2011 and Development Manager for The Spark Arts for Children since November 2013.
Chris Sudworth - Tustee
Chris Sudworth is Programme Producer at Birmingham Hippodrome and for Dance Hub Birmingham. He has been a champion of Wriggle from the company’s inception, initially in his role as the inaugural Director of The Core at Corby Cube, an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation with a particular focus on talent development and work for young audiences. Chris became Executive Director of The Old Rep Birmingham, relaunching the theatre as a young people driven venue in the heart of the city. He previously led a strategic national young people's leadership development programme for Arts Council England.
Sara Reed - Trustee
Sara Reed is Associate Professor of Dance at Coventry University. She is a member of the School of Media and Performing Arts and the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE). She has a long practice and research history in embodied movement, the dancing body and somatic practices. After initial study and training at the Laban Centre, she gained an MA in Performing Arts at Middlesex University and a PhD from the University of Surrey.
Her career has spanned a wide range of dance, performance, arts and education contexts including senior posts at: University of Surrey, Dartington College of Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Coventry University and roles within Dance East and Youth Dance England.