ADVENTURES FOR BABIES
"Early Years theatre pioneer"
Anna introduced babytheatre to Replay Theatre Company and babyshows she has made for them have toured to some of the most disadvantaged families in Northern Ireland, to Cape Town and off-Broadway.
As a result of the impact of her work on babies and parents and Sure Start staff in Belfast, Anna was invited to sit on the Belfast Infant Mental Health & Wellbeing Action Plan Working Group and leading Early Years Research Psychologist, Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, is now a major advocate for Anna's work.
In 2017, following her relocation to Bray, Anna was awarded the International Early Childhood Arts Commission by the four Dublin Local Authorities through Arts Council of Ireland's Invitation to Collaboration Award to create I AM BABA - a new show for babies aged 0-12 months, developed in association with the Civic Theatre, Tallaght. Here's the story of that journey. I AM BABA went on a 7 week tour across Ireland in 2018 funded by Arts Council Ireland with support from the Katharine Howard Foundation.
10 week tour of I AM BABA in 2020.
Anna has received Arts Council of Ireland funding for a week's R&D on Ireland's first dance show for babies - I LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT. Co-pro with the Civic. October 2020
2020 also sees Anna embarking upon a collaboration with Early Years musician Eamon Sweeney - BABY MUSIC ADVENTURES Four multi-instrumentalists take an audience of babies under 1 and their adults on an exquisite journey of sounds. Funded by Wicklow Arts Office and hosted by the Mermaid, Bray. Premiere in April 2020.
Also in 2018, Anna received Arts Council of Ireland funding to create BABY'S FIRST XMAS - a new Xmas show especially for babies 0-12 months, with a distinct version for under 5's with complex needs (LITTLE TINY XMAS). Presented at and in association with the Civic Tallaght, the Mermaid Bray and Draiocht, Fingal. Further touring Nov/Dec 2019.