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Why We Make Things

Welcome to Why We Make Things, a podcast for performance makers for young audiences.

Join Theatre Alibi’s Creative Advisor, Nikki Sved, as she chats with fellow children’s theatre makers and thinkers about what they are up to, the issues they are grappling with and the ideas that are exciting them. When the day to day of keeping your head above water can often feel overwhelming, take some time to listen to Nikki’s inspiring guests reflecting on why they do what they do and how they are making things happen.

If you have any suggestions for future guests, let us know here. And sign up to our mailing list for performance makers for young audiences here.

Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and PodBean.


Ep.1 Sarah Brigham & Lyn Gardner

Championing performance for and with young audiences.

Ep.2 Theatre-Rites – Sue Buckmaster & Ingrid Hu

Nikki, Sue and Ingrid deep dive into The Global Playground by Theatre-Rites.

ep.3 Ellie Griffiths – Oily Cart

Nikki and Ellie chat about Oily Cart’s work and the value of sensory theatre for all.

ep.4 Amber RUby – COmpany Three

Nikki sits down with Amber Ruby, one of the Associate Artists at Company Three, to talk about what a usual working week looks like at this inspiring company.


EP.5 Penny Hay – Forest of Imagination

Nikki speaks to Artist, Educator and Researcher, Dr. Penny Hay about Forest of Imagination taking place in June and July 2023.

Ep.6 Sarah Argent

Nikki, and award-winning freelance Director, Devisor and Writer, Sarah Argent, talk about what they wish for in the making of work for young people.

Ep.7 Asif Khan

The brilliant Asif Khan sits down with Nikki for a chat about his play Jabala and the Jinn, the importance of representation in theatre for young people, and his commission with Birmingham Rep.

Ep.8 Filskit Theatre Company – Sarah Shephard

Sara Shephard, Co-Artistic Director, Performer & Producer for Filskit Theatre, chats about the origins of the company, their work for early years children, and the importance of seeing international work.

Ep.9 Polka – Helen Matravers

Helen and Nikki talk about Helen’s ambitions for Polka Theatre, the breadth of work they produce, and how children’s voices are at the heart of what they do.


Show music by Thomas Johnson