Young Audience Sector Research

The Young Audience Group* is carrying out research across Scotland to explore what a new network/membership collective of freelancers and organisations who work in the young audience sector might look like. The research is being led by Victoria Beesley with some sessions facilitated by Mele Broomes and Benedetta Zanetti.

Research will include a series of half-day workshops, consulting both freelancers and employed individuals at all stages of their career on what their ideas and ambitions are for this new network.

‘What should a network for freelancers and organisations working in the young audience sector in Scotland look like?’

It is important that a breadth of voices and experiences are represented in this research, so we are interested in hearing from anyone, at any stage of their career, who is connected to making work for babies, children and young people, including creatives, programmers, backstage and technical staff, producers, and youth theatre workers.


Workshops will be creative spaces that will envisage what a new network/membership collective will look like. Mele Broomes’ workshop will be informed by her Perspective[s] research, and other in-person workshops will use
Lego® Serious Play® methodology and online workshops will use a range of creative and playful exercises to explore the topic.


  5 places in each workshop have been reserved for freelance practitioners with a fee of £100 available to contribute to attendance. The Young Audience Group is able to make a contribution to travel to those freelancers who need it.

  The Young Audience Group is particularly interested in hearing from Global Majority practitioners and disabled practitioners. One in-person session is specifically for Black people and People of Colour working in the young audience sector (22 August) and will be facilitated by Mele Broomes, and one online session is specifically for disabled practitioners (11 September) and will be co-facilitated with Benedetta Zanetti. Please note that Global Majority and disabled practitioners are welcome at all workshops and you are invited to attend the session that feels most suitable and convenient for you.

  A BSL interpreter will be present at both online sessions; if there are any other access requirements you would like to share, please do so in the sign-up form (link below).

Dates &Venues

Platform, Glasgow 
(session full)
Tuesday 22 August, 9.30am – 1pm

Platform, Glasgow (session postponed)
Tuesday 22 August, 2pm – 5.30pm
session for Black 
practitioners and people of colour 

Eden Court, Inverness (spaces available)
Friday 8 September, 2pm – 5.30pm

Online (Zoom) (spaces available)
Monday 11 September, 10am – 1pm
session for disabled practitioners

CatStrand, New Galloway (spaces available)
Wednesday 13 September, 9.30am – 1pm

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (session full)
Friday 15 September, 10am – 1.30pm

Online (Zoom) (spaces available)
Tuesday 3 October, 2pm – 5pm

Aberdeen Performing Arts (spaces available)
Wednesday 20 September, 2pm – 5.30pm

It is vital that a wide range of voices are represented in this research, so some people will be specifically invited to attend; and others will register their interest in attending through this open call.

There is a maximum capacity of 12 people at each workshop. If workshops are oversubscribed, our aim will be to get a balance of specialties and experience. This means that registering an interest does not guarantee you a place in the workshop; we will confirm places 2 weeks ahead of each workshop.


If you are interested in attending one of these research sessions please complete this form

Please note, the initial deadline for completing this form is 3 weeks prior to the date of your preferred session.

Information about any spaces remaining after this deadline will be posted here.

If you have any questions about the sessions, please contact Victoria Beesley

*The Young Audience Group is currently made up of the following organisations:
Action Boat, Barrowland Ballet, Catherine Wheels & Shona Reppe, Curious Seed, Frozen Charlotte, Imaginate, Independent Arts Projects, Lyra, Scottish Theatre Producers, Starcatchers and Visible Fictions.