Interested in finding out more about creating theatre for the very young?
Irish-based artist Anna Newell has made work for under 5’s that has been seen on three continents, her youngest audience member ever was 4 days old and last year she created the hugely successful I AM BABA in association with The Civic.

This August, she and the Civic are experimenting with what performer training for working with Early Years might look like. If you’re passionate about theatre, want to find out more about this very particular audience and can commit 2 weeks full-time in August 2018, why not apply now? Training is provided free of charge and participants will receive a €10 daily stipend to cover food/travel. Applicants must be aged 17 years or over.

Auditions will be held in May. There are up to 10 places available on this project.

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Irish-based artist Anna Newell ( has been creating theatre for the very young which has been seen in townships in South Africa, off-Broadway and all over the UK and Ireland. She creates work for babies as young as a few weeks old and a whole range of shows for other age-groups under 5. Last year she created the hugely successful show for babies I AM BABA as the International Early Childhood Commission funded by the four Dublin Local Authorities and Arts Council Ireland.

In August 2018, in association with The Civic and funded by Arts Council Ireland, Anna is leading a pilot performer training project as an experiment to find out what the interest is in training to work with these audiences and to explore what a training for this might look like.

The project will run for two weeks, Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm, 20-31 August 2018 with a final sharing on the last days to which funders and other theatre companies will be invited. All participants need to be available for the full duration. Expenses of €10 per day will be given to each participant to cover travel and lunch costs. It will be an intensive 10 days which will involve exploring strategies for creating work for babies, inventing ideas for projects for all ages of early years and starting to create very short works-in-progress inspired by these ideas. At several stages of the project, babies and younger children will be invited in so that these ideas can be tried out on their potential audience, so all participants will be Garda Vetted prior to the project and participation will be strictly dependent on successful completion of this.

Auditions will take place during the day on Monday 28 May. These auditions will not require any preparation and will be 1-2 hour informal group sessions involving a range of drama games and exercises. Previous experience of some form of performance (theatre, dance, music) is essential. Should potential participants not be available for this audition date, it may be possible to make other arrangements. There are up to 10 places available on this project.