24 Stories of Family Arts


Best Family Arts Activity Nominee

“A great show and expert weaving of the multi-generational cast. Was brilliant to see the amazing dancing and parents and their kids in it.” – Audience member

balletLORENT’s tour of Rapunzel, retold by Carol Ann Duffy, toured six venues in England in 2022-23; Perfect for family audiences aged 5 years+.

Its eight dancers joined a community cast of 10 children (aged 7-10yrs) and three professional dance artists who are parents, accompanied by their young babies, to perform together. The performances used recycled sets and costumes to illustrate efforts towards becoming more sustainable and included narration to increase accessibility for a wider range of audiences.

balletLORENT is North East England’s leading dance theatre company, dedicated to creating ambitious, inclusive work premiering locally and touring prestigious UK theatres. Their mission is to produce world-class, distinctive dance for diverse family and adult audiences, rejecting elitism and mystification.

Specialists in welcoming family audiences to mid-large scale dance theatre, balletLORENT have presented retold Grimm fairy tales by Carol Ann Duffy since 2012, collaborating with acclaimed partners to create strong narrative-driven productions.

Their cast represents a diverse range of ages, backgrounds, neurodiversity, and LGBTQIA+ identities. They make innovative, inclusive, and heartfelt work with like-minded collaborators.

You can discover all 24 Stories of Family Arts here. If you’d like to discover more fantastic organisations that meet our Family Arts Standards or Age-Friendly Standards explore the Fantastic for Families Directory.

balletLORENT has been shortlisted for the Best Family Arts Activity in the Fantastic for Families Awards 2023

Awards Shortlist

24 Stories of Family Arts
Discover the shortlist and their 24 stories of arts engagement. Find out who is nominated for Best Family Arts Activity, Best Age-Friendly Outreach, and Audience Impact & Innovation.


Fantastic for Families
From festivals and theatre companies to galleries and museums, in our directory you’ll find 1000+ organisations bringing eye-boggling creative events, activities and initiatives to life across the UK.

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Family Arts Campaign
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Image credits:
Images 1-4  – Photography by Bill Cooper
Image 5 – Photography by Luke Waddington
Image 6 – Photography by Bill Cooper