Come and play.
Children aged 6-11 years old were invited to Kidstown by artists Nigel & Louise with designer Amy Pitt.
Kidstown was a massive game that children made up themselves.
After being handed a passport, kids entered the giant outdoor arena. Here, they found stuff to play with, build and wear. Assistants were on hand to help them realise their imaginings.
Grown-ups were invited to take a seat outside, relax and listen to the rolling news being broadcast of what happened inside.
Over summer 2023, we collected interviews and stories from the young participants of Kidstown in order to create an epic show in 2024.
Kidstown took place:
26-29 July, Newtown
We laid the foundations of Kidstown in Newtown in August 2022. Over two weeks, local artists and the community helped us prototype the idea.
I like Kidstown because we can be free.
A postcard from Kidstown
The journey of Kidstown
We offered sign-supported English, live illustrators, radio aid support, relaxed sessions, and touch tours at each site.
Meet Nigel & Louise
Kidstown was a project we dreamed up with Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari with designer Amy Pitt.
If you don’t know Nigel & Louise, they make “wild, bold, visual performances for people who don’t really like theatre and unusual theatrical experiences for those who do”.
Their recent work includes Dog Ballet (dogs included) and Party Skills for the End of the World.
Everything we do at NTW is in collaboration. Kidstown was a team effort that brought together artists, professionals and volunteers, all working passionately to bring this imaginative wonderland to life.
We also want to say a big thank you to our partners and sponsors: