Catherine Wheels, Scotland’s most celebrated children’s theatre company, is reaching out to artists and all practitioners interested in work for young audiences to help the company explore what children’s theatre could look like in ‘the new normal’.

Their new Make Space fund invites applicants from across Scotland and across disciplines who are interested in making work for young people, to investigate new ways of creating and presenting children’s theatre. The fund will provide applicants with resources to research and develop their ideas, along with the support of Catherine Wheels’ team.

Through Make Space, Catherine Wheels wants to question the traditional idea of children’s theatre and uncover new ways of working. The company wants applicants to address issues including carbon-neutral touring, creating work for online audiences, and presenting work in flexible spaces. A large emphasis will also be placed on engaging local communities, and Catherine Wheels hopes that one of the projects will support an idea based in their home region of East Lothian.

Make Space will provide funds of up to £2,000 per project for five applicants. The fund can be used to pay for the applicant’s own time, working with others, materials and associated costs of delivering their idea. Deadline for applications is 12pm on Friday 29 May and successful projects will be announced on Friday 5 June.

The announcement of the Make Space fund comes as Catherine Wheels Theatre Company celebrates its 20th birthday in 2020.

Gill Robertson, Artistic Director of Catherine Wheels comments;

“We recognise that this is a time for great uncertainty for artists and for our sector generally. Rather than shy away from that, we want to embrace it and use it as a provocation to really dig deep into what children’s theatre could be. This fund turns everything on its head and asks some really big questions. I am excited to see what new ways of working we can discover and support.”

For more information on Make Space and how to apply, visit

Full application as PDF: