In 2014, Adam Tulloch founded Total Insight Theatre with a vision to increase access to the arts and provide opportunities for every child, young person and adult to participate in the arts in their local community. Our first production, Olaudah Equiano, previewed at The Hen & Chickens and Etcetera theatres in London before transferring to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and later to the National Trust’s Sutton House. The play received rave reviews and was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.
Later that year, Total Insight Theatre was formally incorporated with Companies House as a non-profit company with charitable aims, and Sian Edwards was appointed as our Outreach Coordinator. We then launched our first series of after-school creative clubs to primary schools across London.
In 2015, we expanded our after-school creative club programme in primary schools across London and developed our bespoke school workshops for Science Week, World Book Day, Black History Month and International Women’s Day. We also began partnering with libraries and community centres to provide accessible theatre in the heart of communities.
In the same year, we appointed Ella Schwarz as our Communications Coordinator and our Director Adam Tulloch was invited to give guest lectures on theatre in education for Teach First and for SOAS, University of London on the historical context of our first production Olaudah Equiano. Additionally, we led historical drama workshops for the University of Denver, Colorado and the Recycled Teenagers, a group of Hackney residents aged 50+. We also launched Total Insight Uni, a series of drama workshops for university students in London.
At the end of the year, we organised the National Trust’s Sutton House’s Big Day Out family fun day and were delighted to be part of Southbank Centre’s Careers in the Arts Day to encourage young people to pursue careers in the arts.
In 2016, we continued to expand our creative club programme and bespoke workshops. We also received funding from O2 for My Reading Matters, a drama project that improves the reading and comprehension skills of children who speak English as a second language. Additionally, we received funding from Trust Greenbelt to develop My Choice Matters, a project in which we worked with a pupil referral unit to devise a play about gun and knife crime.
In the summer we produced our first children’s play Leandro, a fun-filled family adventure about the Rio Olympics. The play toured libraries and theatres, telling the story of an 8-year old boy who dreams of running for Brazil in the Rio Olympics. We also toured our corresponding workshops in which we took children on a Travel Around Rio adventure. For the play, we partnered with the charity Action for Brazil’s Children (ABC) Trust who transform the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people in Brazil. Together with our charity partner, we held an exclusive press launch for Leandro at Fieldfisher as well as a Family Day on London’s South Bank.
Since October, we have been touring Road Bumps around libraries and nurseries to engage children aged 3+ in a fun-filled, immersive travel adventure that brings alive the sights and sounds of London’s transport network.
So far, we have continued our work in primary schools, libraries and community spaces across London to provide arts opportunities irrespective of financial, physical or social background. We have also continued to tour Road Bumps around London nurseries and are delighted to have become a registered Arts Award Centre where children and young people can work towards their Arts Awards.