Ready, Steady, SHOW! is The Civic’s ongoing programme of work for children and Young People, across both LIVE and DIGITAL platforms The key focus for RSS! Is PLAY & STORYTELLING with a particular emphasis on supporting artists as they develop new and innovative experiences for babies, children and young people via individual, educational, peer group and family contexts. PLAY & STORYTELLING are the two cornerstones of excellence for Ready, Steady, SHOW!  These are our anchor in all areas of output and a focus for our artist development initiatives.

This August, we are delighted to announce our commissions for both live and digital work.


Mark Ball –  ‘No, no, no’
As a part of Ready Steady Show, Mark will develop a new piece for 3-5 year olds called No, no, no! This will be devised in collaboration with performer Madi O’Carroll, sound designer Lara Gallagher and associate director Anna Newell. It will be a physical theatre piece exploring, and only using the word no, drawing on elements of cabaret, clowning and electronic music. No is a delicious word. Used to draw boundaries, cause chaos and assert freedom! But it is also used by other people to restrict, police, or force. To shut down creative and individual expression.  Ready, Steady, SHOW! will allow Mark to develop their practice for Early Years, through experiments with young people.

According to Mark “I will create practical, solo experiments to share with young people at an Early Years centre in Tallaght. With the help of the Early Years Educators, and from the young people themselves, I will learn how they respond to the themes and the form of the piece. These practical experiments will inform a research and development period with my collaborators, to share a final work-in-progress with young people for feedback. I am really grateful and excited to collaborate with the experienced Civic team to develop this piece”. 

This project and exploration was initially supported thanks to the Exploring & Thinking Bursary 2020-21, a Dublin City, Fingal, South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council partnership, and with support from Super Paua.

According to Hannah Mullan, creative producer at The Civic. “We are delighted to be working on these brave and innovative projects with these talented makers! I am very much looking forward to seeing how the commissions develop over the coming months. The research and development space offered by RSS! is vital. Working through new ideas in a supportive environment encourages stretch and risk taking. We hope that the RSS! Commissions and Artist Development Program will help our artists to explore new areas of their practise and result in exciting new work with and for our younger audiences”.

Supported by The Arts Council and South Dublin County Council