Magical World Beckons Young Audiences At Down Arts Centre
REPLAY Theatre Company have been delighting and inspiring young people through their theatre shows at Down Arts Centre (DAC) for years. But their magical new experience for babies aged 0-18 months is a ‘first’ – audiences don’t get younger than that!
Babble, will be at DAC on Saturday 6 April reaching their youngest audience ever.
A vocal wonderland made from live voices and video, Babble was developed in collaboration with local nurseries and is performed inside Replay’s specially created Bubble – their very own cosy space.
With its squishy floor and screen on the ceiling, the bubble is the perfect environment for babies to relax.
The company worked very closely with local nurseries to create Babble, a magical world of voices and moving pictures for babies aged 0-18 months (and their grown-ups). Surestart were so impressed by the production that they have come on board as a partner.
The Surestart Coordinator commented: “It was perfect for the age group, and really beautiful, with superb sounds in the singing which are excellent for language development. It was amazing in itself, but also has fantastic potential for expanding the children’s sensory development with its combination of soft textures, visuals and sound.”
Replay are the only Northern Irish company creating work specially created for Early Years audiences and they are unique in providing theatrical experiences for such a young age group, even going to the extent of creating a performance environment that enhances the babies’ experience of the sounds they are hearing and pictures they are seeing. Parents who have seen the show commented on how the babies relaxed almost immediately.
Babies love listening to singing as they find it comforting and it helps them to communicate. Babble features four performers who sing music specially written for the show by composer David Goodall (who interestingly produced the Nigerian World Cup Single.) Replay encourage all the adults in the baby’s life to come along, so a ticket for the baby includes up to 2 of their grown ups.
Parents who have already brought babies to the show commented: “We loved the soft area, the soundscapes and the rhythm changes. I saw how the babies almost talked to the singers – the improvisation allowed them to do that. A really soothing experience.”
To purchase tickets (£5 per baby + two grown-ups for free) and for further information on any Down Arts Centre events, please contact the box office on 028 4461 0747. The complete Down Arts Centre Season Programme is available to download at www.downartscentre.com
* Performances take place at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm and last 25 minutes.