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The leading children's casting director and administrator in the UK, who has worked on many large-scale West End and touring shows including Oliver!, Shrek, The Sound Of Music, Mary Poppins and Matilda

Children in Theatre

By Jo Hawes

Performing children have a very special existence which sometimes sets them apart from their peers. Parents are often excluded from this world but are expected to support them all the way. There is very little authoritative advice on how to cope and what to expect. This book will help children and their parents navigate their way through all of this: to advise, guide, inform and demystify the wonderful world of live theatre.


About Jo Hawes



About the book

Our daughter Rebecca died of a brain tumour in in 2007 after a brave and inspirational fight. I have written this as yet unpublished book primarily as therapy for me but I hope it will help other parents who find themselves in a similar position. I also hope it might help the Alexander Device Child Cancer Trust whose mission is to build a Children’s Hospice in Maidenhead.

Joanne Hawes
Children’s Casting Director and Administrator

Landline: 01628 773048
Mobile 07824 337222
Email: joanne.hawes2013@gmail.com


A ‘must read’ for all parents of aspiring performers. An all encompassing, comprehensive, informative and intelligent guide. Brilliant!

- Sylvia Young

This book makes a splendid job of debunking many of the mysteries in what, for many parents and children, is a very strange, unknown world.

- The Stage

Evidently written from the heart - on what parents should and should not do… excellent!

- Susan Elkin