Conceived and directed by Curious Seed’s Artistic Director Christine Devaney with live music composed by Greg Sinclair and a purpose built set designed by visual artist Yvonne Buskie.  Performed by Nerea Gurrutxaga, Hayley Earlam and Robin Mason.

The Production

Starcatchers & Curious Seed present



MamaBabaMe is a beautiful dance, physical theatre and live music experience created especially for babies and young children aged 0-3 and their grown-ups.

Our audience sits within the set around a mini arena with soft boundary edges from which to enjoy the performance. With the soothing sounds of live cello and intimate lighting, MamaBabaMe explores the profound connection between parent and child and how this eternal bond evolves and grows.

Every new relationship is a journey – it can be tender, competitive, challenging, joyful. But where does that begin?

Following a successful tour throughout Scotland and to the Spark Arts Festival for Children in Leicester in Spring 2017, we were delighted to have received Made in Scotland funding to take MamaBabaMe to the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.




Chris Devaney | Choreographer/ Director

Hayley Earlam | Performer

Nerea Gurrutxaga | Performer

Robin Mason | Performer

Yvonne Buskie | Designer & Production Manager

Greg Sinclair | Composer

Simon Wilkinson | Lighting Designer

Karen Tennent | Design Mentor


Company biographies

Christine Devaney is the Artistic Director of Curious Seed and has an outstanding track record as a performer, choreographer and teacher. Christine trained at London Contemporary Dance School and has been performing, choreographing and teaching throughout her extensive career, which started with Dundee Rep Dance Company (Scottish Dance Theatre).

Greg Sinclair is an award-winning musician and live artist. He makes children’s theatre with two clear aims – he begins with a musical idea and collaborates with children to make his work. His performance Sonata for a Man and a Boy was the winner of the 2013 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland award for Best Production for Children and Young People. 

Yvonne Buskie graduated from the School of Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art. Her current practice is one of collaborating with theatre, dance and visual art practitioners. Having worked as a theatre stage manager for many years, she is interested in blurring the lines between gallery and theatre, performer and maker.


Audience Feedback




“Absolutely loved it. My 2 1/2 year old son and partner did also. Loved the interaction. As a newcomer to shows like mama baba me I was surprised at how much I could relate and understand.” AUDIENCE MEMBER – 2017 TOUR FEEDBACK  



Absolutely brilliant. Beautiful observations of tiny children. Just perfect.



“A tender, sensuous, encompassing piece of children’s theatre” IRENE BROWN – THE EDINBURGH GUIDE ★★★★

“Brilliantly conceived, wonderfully choreographed and beautifully performed.” MARK BROWN – THE HERALD ★★★★

“Pitched perfectly for its target age range” THOM DIBDIN – THE LIST ★★★★




EICC (Tinto) for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018


Visit the Spring 2017 production page for more

Company 2017

Choreographer/Creator | Christine Devaney

Designer | Yvonne Buskie

Production Manager | Debbie Howard

Production Manager – tour | Lauren Roberts

Producer | Jennifer Cummins

Composer and Performer | Greg Sinclair

Lighting Designer | Simon Wilkinson

Performers | Nerea Gurrutxaga, Robin Mason, Hannah Venet


Additional Information

Development took place in November and December 2016 at Lyra, and included contributions from the following artists: Karianne Andreassen, Skye Reynolds, Karen Tennent, Robin Mason, Geraldine Heaney, Greg Sinclair and Deborah Howard.


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