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The Early Hurly Burly project offers high-quality music and arts experiences in Libraries throughout the West Midlands for Early Years children who might not usually have access to them. Early Hurly Burly started in 2014 and is currently in its second phase. It is funded by Arts Council England.

The Early Hurly Burly Pow-Wow is a day for theatre practitioners, library staff, music organisation staff and other guests working with or wishing to work with Early Years audiences.

It is a day with time and space for conversation, listening, enjoyment and exchange, with a panel of speakers, case-studies, and a short performance.

Its Aim is to provide ‘…a forum for networking, ideas exchange, specialist skills sharing, and case study presentation, that will stimulate new thinking about performance work for Early Years. The Symposium will provide an opportunity to share and disseminate the work more widely with national networks and practitioners.’

The Pow-Wow's intended outcomes are:

  • that there will be enhanced understanding of both the challenges and the benefits of staging theatrical and musical performances for Early Years audiences
  • that performance in libraries will increase
  • that relationship-building will be stimulated

We are grateful to Arts Council England for funding the Early Hurly Burly project.


Coffees, Teas and Registration


Welcome & Introduction to the Day - Rob Elkington, Director, Arts Connect


About the project – what, why, how, when and who

What Next? The new funding application to develop the project further


Speakers Panel followed by Q&A

  1. 1. Sue Robb OBE, National Head of Early Years, Action for Children and strategic partner to the DfE for Early Years developments
  2. 2. Musical Responses in the Early Years - Nicola Burke, Early Years music specialist, musician and researcher, Associate Member of the Association for Early Education
  3. 3. Speaker TBC





Excuse me, Mrs Pardon – a performance by Theatre Totsdrama and books specially designed for the early years and focussing on imagination, creativity and sensory work. ‘Welcome to the wonderful rhyming world of Mrs Pardon’s Garden.’




Case Studies followed by Q&A - the challenges for libraries & performers

  1. 1. Coventry Performing Arts Service & Coventry Library Service – Yael Owen-McKenna and Anne McFadden
  2. 2. Staffordshire Library Service – Liz Gardner
  3. 3. Liz Muge, MishMash Productions – ‘making magical, original music for young audiences’


Teabreak and Networking


All About Me – What Makes Successful Live Performance for Me and My Setting? - group discussions, leading to Top Ten Golden Tips


Round-up, Thanks and Close

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