Daryl Beeton is a Director and Performer who has worked extensively within the Theatre, Disability and young people’s arts sector for the last 25 years. He is a recognised cultural leader in youth arts participation as well as a high-profile advocate for disabled artists. The core of all of his work has been a belief that arts can enrich our lives and those of the communities we inhabit. Daryl is an active advocate for improving the rights of disabled and vulnerable people by promoting access and inclusion within the arts.
Claire has extensive experience in Producer, Project Manager and General Manager roles with diverse-led organisations spanning carnival, circus, and outdoor theatre. She currently works for Arts Council England as Relationship Manager, Audiences & Engagement, and is also completing an MA at the Tavistock and Portman in psychodynamic and systemic approaches to consulting in organisations. She has worked with Daryl since 2008 – and swears he’s not aged a day since!
Jon Van Beek
Designer and Performer
Jon Van Beek is a freelance designer and prop maker and is a key collaborator on all Daryl & Co projects. He has many years experience designing work for young audience as well as T.V. and film. His practice is based on design and making skills that are orientated towards an expanded, or social, conception of theatre.
Nickie is a theatre director who loves telling stories that are full of hope, connection and community. Stories that challenge the structures of ordinary storytelling, reaching audiences that are sometimes excluded from theatre spaces and even the stories themselves. Her work challenges the preconceptions around disability and Nickie aims to put those narratives centre stage through her passion for new writing and devising. Nickie has directed for Graeae, National Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange. Nickie works with Daryl & Co on various productions.
Becky Morris Knight
Becky is a freelance arts marketing consultant who specialises in inclusive and accessible communications. She loves to make the arts more open and is always learning new ways to do it. She is passionate about the arts and brings skills in copywriting, design and content creation. Becky is also a photographer and when she's not shouting about Daryl & Co shows, she can usually be found behind the lens.
Laiqa Miriam Ahmad
Laiqa Miriam is a Trainee Therapist with a wide range of experiences working in social-justice informed creative spaces. Across all her roles she pulls from her background in Intersectionality, and works at the intersection of accessible design, co-creative research, and inclusive participatory arts engagement. She channels these passions into her work at Daryl & Co as a Freelance Programme Coordinator, with an overarching mission to centre young marginalised communities at the heart of social change.
We work with partners to create exciting, inclusive children's theatre, as well as helping them to meet Arts Council Investment Principles and demonstrate that they are a ‘modern, well-run cultural organisation’.
The Spark Arts fro Children
Daryl & Co is the Associate Company of The Spark Arts For Children, linked strategically to the Vital Spark Movement. This partnership gives us both an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively to help support underrepresented Artists making work for young audiences and drive the future of the Vital Spark movement nationally and internationally
Mimbre is a female-led company creating nuanced, breathtaking and highly skilled acrobatic theatre. They use circus and dance innovatively as a physical language to illuminate human connections and promote a positive image of women.
Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre, boldly placing D/deaf and disabled actors centre stage and challenging preconceptions of their own work.
Based in Bergamo, Italy, Teatro Prova produces theatre for young audiences along side programming and training with a four on inclusion.
We are grateful to the following organisations for their support of our work:
Arts Council England
ACE believe that great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.
Without Walls is the UK’s largest commissioner of outdoor arts shows, taking inspiring new work to audiences all over the country and beyond.
We would also like to thank our previous creative partners and funders on the "A Different Way" project which led to the development of 3 new children's shows; Arts Council England, Half Moon Theatre, Spark Arts for Children, New Wolsey Theatre, Mimbre, Graeae Theatre Company, Attenborough Arts Centre and TYA UK.
We've been making accessible and inclusive theatre for children for some years now. Why not read our story to find out where it all began?Read more
Our values are key to everything we do, whether that's how we work together behind the scenes or what you see onstage.
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