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.
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
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.
Fantastic experience for 0-3s introducing them to the performing arts in Scotland 👏🙌
Here they are chilling post show 😂 (All Mummies gave permission for this image to be uploaded) pic.twitter.com/EaocjWqCz1
— Lisa Murphy (@LJMurphy_) August 9, 2018
Keeping ’26 babies, ranging in age from those who are extremely small to confident toddlers, happily engrossed for 45 minutes’ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️@theweereview on @StarcatchersUK #MamaBabaMe at Pleasance at EICC @ThePleasance @eicc #EdFringe18 #PleasanceKids https://t.co/GcJgGeKAXk pic.twitter.com/AOPTO7xFiD
— Debbie Rose (@DebRoseScotland) August 10, 2018
🌟🌟🌟🌟 MamaBabaMe by Starcatchers and Curious Seed | “The set, by visual artist Yvonne Buskie, is immediately calming—an important quality for a show aimed at the under-threes…” @StarcatchersUK @eicc @JoCaird https://t.co/42OAjKqsxB pic.twitter.com/ynUr3kT7fO
— Fest Magazine (@festmag) August 18, 2018
Recovering from an inspiring weekend @edfringe! Amazing programme & brilliant atmosphere. Only caught a fraction but our favorites included #MamaBabaMe, #circusabyssinia, #ahirshah and #frauwelt. Left on a #culturehigh! pic.twitter.com/sCPB6k32Ce
— CultureHigh (@culturehighhub) August 13, 2018
“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
Entranced by @starcatchersuk & @CuriousSDance #MamaBabaMe this morning. What an amazing experience for tiny ones. The set design was fab. pic.twitter.com/Kkk34RoKHl
— Alicia Bruce (@picturemaking) May 30, 2017
— D&G Arts Festival (@DGArtsFest) May 21, 2017
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
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
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.