Take Baby To The Theatre!

Wimbledon show for the under-ones

The Polka Children's Theatre is hosting its youngest ever audiences for what it describes as "an inspiring interactive performance".

Lullaby is a new, pioneering performance experience for bumps, babies and parents in Polka's Adventure Theatre until May 25.

Parents, babies aged 0 – 12 months and expectant mums will be led on a gentle journey of discovery by composer and performer Natalie Raybould, who has devised and created the piece based on the instinctive musical qualities of lullabies.

The performance is inspired by the fascinating research of, amongst others, Professor Colwyn Trevarthern, Emeritus Professor of Child Psychology and Psychobiology at the University of Edinburgh.

His research early communication between mothers and babies was the catalyst for Wimbledon-based Polka to explore this theatrically.

Lullaby has been specifically designed for a parent/carer to participate with their baby inside a friendly, cosy and comforting space enriched with musical and visual surprises.

Natalie guides the audience through a playful experience enriched by her specially composed music, blending voice, song and harmony, all created to stimulate the youngest senses. For the first time ever, Polka has scheduled performances specifically for expectant mums. For years the benefits of listening to music prenatally have been discussed by academics, so Lullaby – Bump Time is a chance to develop the meaningful bonding process between mother and child away from the outside world in a relaxing environment.

Jo Belloli, Associate Producer for Early Years at Polka Theatre, said: "We're convinced that there’s a real and connective justification in creating Lullaby for this very particular and special audience. We hope it will touch, engage, delight and inspire."

May 7, 2013