Are you ever too young to go to the theatre? Director Anna Newell doesn’t think so! She’s a theatre director who makes work especially for the tiniest of audience members – and her youngest audience member ever was 4 days old! Along with award-winning composer, David Goodall, she’s made shows for babies that have been seen off-Broadway and in South Africa and she even made the world’s first BabyDay, a gigantic celebration of the babies of Belfast that involved over 16,000 people!

Thanks to a grant from the four Dublin Local Authorities and the Arts Council of Ireland, she’s about to start making a brand new show for babies aged 0-12 months that will be created in, and tour to, all four of the Dublin Local Authority areas – and the very first week of development will happen in South Dublin at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght!

The new show is called I AM BABA and, like all her work for babies, will be a magical journey of singing and multisensory experiences that responds to each individual baby – even the name of the show was inspired by a baby – it was one of the first sentences spoken by the show’s designer Jen’s Shepherd’s daughter Emily!

And Anna is now looking for some tiny experts to help in this first week of development at the Civic! She needs babies aged 0-12 months (each of whom can bring one adult guest) to come along to an informal session at the Civic at 11am on either Thursday 18th or Friday 19th – there’s no charge to be involved but capacity is very limited so booking is essential!

If you’d like your baby to be involved in this exciting new theatre adventure designed especially for them, please email CLICK HERE TO EMAIL ANNA DIRECTLY
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Photo: TiNY, directed by Anna Newell for Replay Theatre Company. Photo by Neil Harrison

I AM BABA is commissioned under Exploring and Thinking: A Collaborative Framework for Early Childhood Arts in the Dublin region. Exploring and Thinking is an initiative generated in partnership by Fingal County Council, Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. It is funded under the Arts Council’s Invitation to Collaboration.