This publication is a performance script which has elements of an instruction manual, invitation, ideas book, collage, template and recipe. It is also a document of a creative process. The Mums and Babies Ensemble was a series of public workshops and events convened by three mums/theatre-makers and their babies. It was prompted by the desire to integrate the structure and chaos of performance-making and motherhood, to create a space that would meet the needs of the parents and babies equally, to capture some memories, to grow a community, and to pass something on eventually. This book is our offering to anyone who has ever been a baby as well as any artistically-minded parents and their newborns.
The Mums and Babies Ensemble was part of an AHRC-funded script development and public engagement project led by Duška Radosavljević.
Duška Radosavljević is a London-based theatre writer, dramaturg and teacher. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Kent and mother to Joakim.
Annie Rigby is a Newcastle-based theatre director and founder of the award-winning Unfolding Theatre. She is mother to Nina and Cora.
Lena Šimić is mother to James and three other boys, performance practitioner, pedagogue and scholar based in Liverpool. She is also a co-founder of the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home.
The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home, 2015. 18.5 x 20.5cm, 80 pages, with colour illustrations.
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