“To inspire and make new and extraordinary site specific and outdoor work through dynamic creative collaborations, creating beauty and human connections where you least expect them. Ours is a journey of dreams, from imagineering creative ideas to practical realisation to inspiration.”


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Imagineer is a live events production company, specialising in theatre and outdoor performance, education programmes, special commissions and touring. At the heart of our work is an exploration of the relationship between creative thinkers and innovators from the arts sector and creative engineers, architects, educationalists, special effects artists and designers.

The Team

Artists Taking the Lead. WEST MIDLANDS: Godiva Awakes, Imagineer Productions. Coventry icon Lady Godiva will be recreated as a gigantic human puppet and lead a cast of thousands in a spectacular processional performance, before making her epic journey to London.

Jane Hytch CEO, Kathi Leahy Associate Creative Director, Claire Maddocks Festival Director, Andrea Simpson, Executive Director.

Jane Hytch

Head of Community Belgrade Theatre, Associate Producer Belgrade Theatre, Director Worcester Arts Workshop, Chair C@T, Director Imagineer Productions, Creative Producer for ‘Something This Way Wicked Comes’, The Mysteries 2000,2003,2006 (Belgrade Theatre), ‘Chasing Fate’ (Birmingham Hippodrome), Godiva Awakes (Imagineer), Worcestershire Woman of the Year.

Claire Maddocks

25 years experience in the arts, Programme Manager BelgradeTheatre, founder of Coventry Arts Alive Festival, Secretary of ISAN, Director and Creative Producer of Imagineer Productions.

Kathi Leahy

Irish Post Award Recipient (1998) Arts Council Fellowship Recipient (2005) Revived Coventry Carnival (now Godiva Carnival) in 2000.Creator/Director numerous theatre & outdoor productions including all the major events/ productions for Imagineer to date.

Andrea Simpson

Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) who trained and practised in the commercial sector before moving into the public sector, joining Belgrade Theatre as Head of Finance in 2000. Full time Finance Director for Imagineer since 2009.



Festival of Imagineers 2017

Festival of Imagineers 2017

At the core of Imagineers work lies the Festival of Imagineers, a week-long festival celebrating innovation, linking art design and engineering and acting as a catalyst for new creative work at the intersection of art and engineering. FOI works with creative thinkers and innovators locally, nationally and internationally to create a unique festival of outdoor/site specific performance and interactive experiences, outdoors, indoors and in unusual spaces.

The festival aims to develop a new relationship with audiences offering people access to hidden spaces, engaging the public as creative collaborators, influencing the development of performances and productions at R&D and concept development stage, making stage and finally as audiences and critics, as projects are realised.

The festival draws on Coventry’s heritage in design and manufacture and focuses on:

  • creating world class outdoor productions through international and national collaborations
  • commissioning local artists to tell the city’s stories and reveal hidden spaces
  • growing and inspiring imagineers of the future
  • connecting young people and communities to their heritage through new technologies
  • creative partnerships with businesses to develop narrative performance and interactive experiences, nurturing unique collaborations with engineers, manufacturers, designers and architects
  • projects to engage and unify isolated and fragmented communities
  • transforming city spaces through site specific performances and installation

Festival of Imagineers 2017

Imagine Make Inspire

25th ~ 30th September 2017

Programme coming soon!



Festival of Imagineers – The Future 

Over the next 5 years Imagineer has ambitious plans to build the FOI into a major international festival in 2021 where people will come together to imagine the impossible and wonder at the extraordinary creations at the intersection of engineering and art.


Transformations 3

Transformations 3

We have had a fantastic year working with 15 young people aged 18-25 on a series of outdoor installations and performances performed in and around Coventry on Saturday July 1st. Many of them have found pathways into future training for careers in the creative sector, develop confidence and skill, worked together in production teams and feel a real sense of pride.

We are delighted to announce that with funding from Talent Match that Transformations 4 will begin in August in partnership with Wild Earth and Media Mania. News about the project and how to get involved will appear on our website at the beginning of August.

With a second year of Heart of England funding confirmed, Imagineer will begin Transformations 5 in December 2017.





The Imagineerium Initiative

The Imagineerium Initiative

Imagineer has worked with 5 Coventry Primary Schools this year: Whitmore Park, St Barts, Corpus Christie, Moathouse, Holy Family, on The Marvellous Mechanical Machines Project funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Medwell Hyde, The Premier Group and John Haynes and in partnership with Warwick University. This is a Science technology engineering arts and maths (STEAM) project where children and teachers work on an authentic commission with professional engineers and artists.

We are currently recruiting for 5 new primary schools to take part in 2018 and 2019. Please contact Jane Hytch – or contact us for further information.

Marvellous Mechanical Machines Commission

To imagine and create designs for marvellous moving mechanical machines. These machines will form a Waymarker Arts Trail along a new cycle path to be created as part of a new Charterhouse Heritage Park. The machines will be inspired by and reflect the history and heritage of Stoke and the Charterhouse area of Coventry. There is a wealth of history and heritage to draw on including people, places, events and changing industry running from the 1300’s when the Charterhouse was started, up to the present day.

The machines need to be surprising, unique, fun and engaging – appealing to all ages. Machines will be located in specific places near to the new cycle track. The machines will be powered to ‘come alive’ for a couple of magical minutes.


Projects, commissions and touring

Projects, commissions and touring

Imagineer works with other creative organisations, local authorities, festival and event producers and businesses on new projects which excite us and where we have opportunities to pass on our skills and expertise.

Recent projects include:

  • The MOTHS project (Museums on the High Street) with Worcestershire Museums Service (2014)
  • The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the RSC – Shakespeare’s birthday celebration the peoples procession (2015)
  • Birmingham Cathedral and Birmingham City Council – War Bride with Birmingham and Frankfurt choir (2015)
  • Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon Council, Northern Ireland – Feasibility study into the creation of a new giant, the goddess Macha and festival as part of a major tourism initiative (2015/16)

Currently Touring

  • Godiva
  • War Bride
  • Reach
  • Winters tale will be performing in Poznan, Poland in October 2016 available for touring from summer 2017

Coming soon

Imagineer will be appearing at The Summer at Southside Festival (Birmingham Hippodrome)  on Saturday and Sunday June 17th and 18th with a new outdoor production.

Working in partnership with Students from BOA, Allens Croft Primary School, Nelson Mandela Primary School & Sacred Heart Primary School presents


The beautiful and true story of one man’s extraordinary endeavour to teach a gaggle of orphaned geese to fly and to follow his ultra light aircraft on a successful migration.

William Lishman, ‘Father Goose’ is an award winning inventor, sculptor, film maker and naturalist recipient of the ‘Us National Wildlife Federation Award’ and ‘Odyssey of the Mind’ Award for Creativity ( former recipients include Walt Disney and Neil Armstrong) and his heart warming story will be brought to life through a visual feast of puppetry, dance, and inventive design.



Please contact Imagineer Productions directly for more information here.

The Daimler Powerhouse

The Daimler Powerhouse

Imagineer are currently putting together a funding package to support the refurbishment of our existing production workshop, the Daimler Powerhouse. Our ambition is to transform it into the region’s first dedicated centre of excellence for creating, commissioning, and co-producing new outdoor work and innovative engagement projects.

The Powerhouse will be the hub of  Imagineer’s creative work and will provide an outward looking, flexible production space, a vital resource for local, regional and national street artists, cementing Imagineer’s role as a key strategic player in the development of the outdoor sector and enabling us to attract world class practitioners to the region.

The scheme will provide a greatly improved facility that is fully accessible, sustainable, energy and cost efficient and environmentally friendly. The redeveloped building will incorporate:

  • A large, flexible, open space on the ground floor suitable for making and rehearsing large scale outdoor performances
  • Offices and meeting rooms
  • Facilities for aerial training and rehearsals
  • Rigging points for lighting, projection and sound
  • A second smaller first floor rehearsal/workshop space
  • Smaller making, training and meeting room spaces
  • A digital facility for virtual and experiential learning aimed principally at primary education

The powerhouse will be the hub of Imagineers creative work and will provide an outward looking, flexible production space, a vital resource for regional and national street artists, cementing Imagineer’s role as a key strategic player in the development of the outdoor sector, improving the experience for artists and enabling us to attract world class practitioners to the region.

Funding Partners