Joan Littlewood (6 October 1914 – 20 September 2002) was an English theatre director, best known for her work in developing the Theatre Workshop. She has been called "The Mother of Modern Theatre".
In 1961, Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price conceived the Fun Palace as a ‘laboratory of fun’, ‘a university of the streets’. It was to be a temporary and movable home to the arts and sciences that would welcome everyone. Joan was and remains an inspiration to Kneehigh and her Fun Palace idea greatly influenced our plans for the Asylum.
On 4 & 5 October 2014 over 100 Fun Palaces popped across the UK and globally, celebrating theatre director Joan Littlewood’s centenary and her vision shared with architect Cedric Price. Fun Palaces is a campaign for culture that everyone can join – combining arts and sciences, welcoming and free, at the heart of our communities. Find out more.