“Head in the Clouds strikes a near perfect balance between storytelling and interactive elements of play for very young audiences.”
Andrew Latimer, Festmag Full review
The aim of Ipdip is to make theatre that fully engages whoever comes to see it, whatever their age. We want to encourage play and playfulness and a love of live performance.
Ipdip Theatre is a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) and is registered with the charity regulator OSCR. Artistic Director Charlotte Allan is supported by volunteer trustees as well as the professional makers and doers who get involved in different projects.
"The best way to explain where my interest in early years theatre began is through a pecha kucha which I presented at the 2014 Spring Gathering in Plockton for the The Touring Network Highlands and Islands. I was asked to talk about "the benefits of early years theatre" which gave me an excellent starting point though keeping it to 20 slides of 20 seconds each was tough. When I've recorded an online version I'll pop it up here, in breif though it goes:
Starcatchers, Suzanne Zeedyk, brains, one-off experiences verses repetition, play, playfulness, Heckman equation, avoiding parenting guilt, connectedness, keeping creativity alive in adults, John Cleese, babies as people, purpose of art, adults as growing people, twenty seconds old and ready to meet the world.
It works better with pictures."
In October 2014 Charlotte was asked to become an Associate Artist with Imaginate. On the Imaginate website she explains a little about her background and creative practice.