I Am Baba - Lime Tree Theatre

I Am Baba

Bualadh Bos Festival 2021

Presented in association with The Civic, Tallaght

I Am Baba

Created by Anna Newell

Family Show

For babies aged 0 – 12 months. Duration 20 mins with up to 20 mins of free play afterwards.

Capacity limited to 6 babies and 6 adults.

I AM BABA is a magical adventure of song, lights and textures for babies aged 0-12 months. It’s a show about identity, agency and personhood.

I Am Baba

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I AM BABA is a theatre adventure for babies created by internationally renowned theatre director Anna Newell and composer David Goodall. Their shows for early years have been seen on five continents, off-Broadway and in every single Sure Start in Belfast.

This national tour was funded by the  Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.


CAN I HAVE TWO ADULT TICKETS WITH MY BABY? Because of space restrictions, we have to limit it to one adult per baby for everyone’s safety and comfort. However, you could bring your baby more than once with different adult guest accompanying them!  We find babies really enjoy seeing it more than once.  We are, of course, flexible so if there are special circumstances (eg a parent who needs support for whatever reason), we’re happy to look at making exceptions.  This rule is primarily about comfort (but also about safety) – the tent can get very hot and the more people, the hotter it gets!

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST? The official ‘show’ lasts 20 minutes and babies and their adults are welcome to stay for more informal free play after the show for up to another 20 minutes – some do and some don’t – it’s completely up to them!

DO I HAVE TO JOIN IN? Don’t worry, you won’t be asked to sing or clap along – you can just relax and share the experience with your baby.

HOW DOES EVERYONE SIT? We sit in a circle inside our specially designed tent with the performers in amongst the babies and parents.  Some babies sit in their parent’s arms, some in front of their parent, some lie down – whatever’s comfortable for them.  Within safety limits, babies can move around during the show and if any baby needs a bit of time out, you’re welcome to head out of the tent and come back in when you’re both ready.  If you need to feed your baby during the show, you’re very welcome to do that.

We do have a couple of ‘seatbacks’ that we can put into the tent for any adult who is unable to sit unsupported.  Should there be a parent/caregiver in a wheelchair who is unable to get into the tent, we can leave the doors a little open so that they can sit in their chair in the doorway and be as close to the action as possible.

IS MY BABY TOO YOUNG? Our youngest audience member was 4 days old!  We find that even the tiniest of babies react – whether that’s tracking with their eyes, moving their hands or just relaxing more.

MY BABY IS JUST OVER THE AGE LIMIT – IS THAT OK? The show is very specifically designed for babies under 12 months – we’ve toured it for more than 10 weeks in total now and have found that babies over 12 months want to move around more than is possible in the tent. We’re also found that it’s very unusual for babies under 12 months to get scared going into the tent – but once babies are 12 months old, this happens fairly regularly.  So, we ask that people follow the age-range – for the comfort and safety of the babies.

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  • Please note all ticket prices include a booking charge.
  • No exchange or refunds.
  • Capacity is limited to 6 babies and 6 adults.As part of COVID19 government guidelines for indoor gatherings all audiences with children are categorised as ‘mixed immunity’. This means that the capacity for all Bualadh Bos events is limited to 50, with 2m social distancing. No vaccination certs are required.
  • Wearing of mask/face covering is compulsory while in the auditorium.
  • Wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call box office on (061) 953400 if you wish to book a wheelchair space.
  • Free parking on MIC Campus.

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