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Up and Away (NZ, New Zealand)


1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2022

Short Synopsis

Up and Away is a playful and gentle theatrical performance exclusively for babies that are not yet walking and their grown ups. Two performers interweave elements of theatre, play and live music inside a purpose-crafted tent, for a small number of attendees. Along their journey the babies meet bumblebees, butterflies and the stars and moon. The result is a unique theatrical experience to treasure.

In 2018 Up and Away played a sold out season in the Gloucester Room at the Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch playing to 500 babies and grown ups across a week. The demand was such that 3 additional shows were added to the season!


For the first time, a New Zealand theatre company is focussing entirely on making work for the under-fives. Up and Away is ground breaking in its focus on the very youngest theatre-goers. The production is informed by current neuroscientific research and has been developed in consultation with a speech and language therapist through a series of rehearsal workshops with babies.

The success of Up and Away has shown there is a proven need for respectful theatre experiences specifically designed for babies. The performance is an introduction to theatre for our very youngest audience members and also reminds adults of the joy of theatre. Up and Away is a low tech show that can be installed and removed from a venue within 2 hours. The performances are programmed during the day, leaving the venue available to be programmed during the evening.  

BUDGET NOTES: This production is packaged as a Buy Now with a fee for a performance week. We are also 'Tour Ready' and are seeking presenters to build a tour and source tour funding. Small bespoke runs can be arranged. 

Weekly fee: $6,000 (plus GST) – one week including 6 performance days at 1 venue and a maximum of 24 performances per performance week. Maximum of 4 performances per day. This fee excludes transport and accommodation.

 WATCH Cubbin Theatre - Audience Vox Pops Cubbin Theatre - Up and Away Trailer

Reviews Feature


“...you'd have to be a baby-hating grinch with a lump of coal for a heart not to see that this is a pretty special experience for big and little people alike.” – Theatreview, New Zealand 

“...a gentle, heart-warming show... The reactions... ranged from awestruck silence to excited shouting.” – What's Up Christchurch, New Zealand

 “...Baby theatre is one such brain-building experience." – The Spinoff 

Directed By
Melanie Luckman
Hannah Wheeler and Amy Straker
Availability Status
Available at short notice


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