Big Imaginations

Orange oval-shaped Big Imaginations logo, with two round figures either side who have big faces - one is blue and one is pink

Big Imaginations is a network of 22 arts venues and organisations dedicated to providing high quality, imaginative and affordable theatre to children and their grown-ups.

From grand auditoriums to rural village halls, and everywhere in between, it is our mission to ignite the imaginations of children and young people aged 0 – 13 years old through the wonder of theatre.

This is how we work: Z-arts is the lead organisation of Big Imaginations, with CEO Liz O’Neill as Chair of the network and Zoe Pickering as Head of Programming. The network have quarterly meetings with representatives of all the member organisations invited and we have subgroups to discuss and make decisions on programming, commissions, artist development, and other aspects of Big Imaginations.

You can find us in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

By programming and commissioning work that inspires children, young people and their families, we hope to encourage everyone to explore the world in different ways. We aim to nurture inquisitiveness and play, share amazing experiences, and provide families with the opportunities to enjoy theatre and the arts together.

Interested? Have a look at the network’s website to find out about artist development, resources, and where your nearest Big Imaginations venue is.