Making theatre accessible to families in need across Scotland


We believe every child should be able to take part in high quality arts experiences from the earliest age. Experiencing live music and theatre, for example, can have a powerful impact on even the youngest children but for families with low incomes going to the theatre can feel out of reach.

In 2017 we launched Forward For Families – a crowd-funded campaign to give families with low incomes tickets for MamaBabaMe, Starcatchers’ and Curious Seed’s beautiful dance, theatre and live music production for babies and young children age 0-3.

Thanks to the generosity of our many supporters, we surpassed our target of £800, enabling 45 families to have an experience they may otherwise have missed.

This particular fundraising campaign has now ended but keep your eyes open for similar initiatives in the near future. In the meantime, we continue our work to ensure all children can experience arts and cultural experiences. If you would like to make a donation to support this work generally, find out more here



200,000 children are growing up in poverty in Scotland. Research consistently evidences access to theatre and cultural experience enriches lives and impacts positively on health and well-being. However Starcatchers audience participation survey suggests 72% rarely or sometimes engage in cultural experiences with their babies and many have never engaged with their local community arts venue.

A shared experience with your child increases confidence, develops their brains and encourages bonding. At Starcatchers we believe every child should be able to take part in high quality arts experience from the earliest age.