ACT3i Festival for Children 2018: Theatre and the Arts for Babies and Early Years
Tue May 22 - Sun Jun 3Various
The second instalment of ACT3i Festival for Children by ACT 3 International is back this year, with six original theatre performances from England, Italy, Lithuania, Scotland and Singapore and one drama workshop. What make this different and unique? It’s an arts festival specially curated for babies and toddlers! Theatre practitioners have long known that involvement in the arts can contribute to children’s development, igniting their imagination and curiosity. What can our little ones look forward to and enjoy at the ACT3i Festival for Children?
FOR 7-17 MONTHS OLD, WITH PARENT
Grow, Garden, Grow
ACT 3 Drama Academy Room 5
24 and 25 May 2018, 40 minutes Thursday and Friday: 10.30am and 4pm 31 May to 2 June 2018, 40 minutes Demonstration Room, ACM
In these workshops, storytelling, drama activities and exercises encourage children to develop creativity, empathy and a love for drama. Parents and children will be transported to a ‘garden’ where imagination will ‘grow’!
FOR 0-3 YEARS OLD
Leaf by Tam Tam Theatre, England
Demonstration Room, ACM
29 May to 3 June 2018, daily performances, 35 minutes, no interval
Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday: 10am, 11am and 4pm | Thursday to Saturday, 10am and 11am
This immersive and playful piece is a perfect introduction to theatre for babies as it encourages curiosity and engagement in an intimate environment of evocative soundscapes and gorgeous colours. The journey of this very special leaf makes up an equally special storyline. Little ones are invited at the end of the show play among the leaves and explore a landscape created by the changing seasons.
Circles in the Sand by Tam Tam Theatre, England
ACT 3 Drama Academy Room 2
22 May to 25 May 2018, daily performances, 35 minutes, no interval Tuesday to Friday: 10am, 11am and 4pm
Enter a world of buckets, castle-building, spinning and tumbling in a show with no words. Instead, an atmospheric soundtrack of world music and a highly tactile format ‘speak’ to audiences. At the end of the performance, children are invited on stage for an interactive play session with sand.
Colourful Games by Dansema Dance Theatre, Lithuania
Discovery Room, ACM
31 May to 3 June 2018, daily performances, 40 minutes, no interval Thursday and Friday: 10.30am; Saturday and Sunday: 10.30am and 4pm
With vibrant colour and delightful surprises, this interactive performance invites its audience to explore the world around them with the help of a dancer. This performance won the Golden Stage Cross for ‘The Best Performance of the Year for Children and Youth’ in 2015.
FOR 1-3 YEARS OLD
Crikecrak by La Baracca – Testoni Ragazzi, Italy
Ngee Ann Auditorium, ACM
29 May to 3 June 2018, daily performances, 40 minutes, no interval
Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am and 11am | Thursday to Saturday: 10am, 11am and 4pm
This beautiful piece uses two-dimensional puppets to transform a simple story into one that teaches children about fear and that is alright to be afraid.
FOR 2-5 YEARS OLD
Paperbelle by Frozen Charlotte, Scotland
ACT 3 Theatre (22 May to 27 May 2018)
River Room, ACM (29 May to 3 June 2018), daily performances, 50 minutes, no interval Tuesday to Friday: 9am and 10.30am | Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am, 3pm and 4.30pm
This enchanting theatre performance for toddlers is a gentle and playful exploration of colour set in a magical world of paper. Paperbelle likes it black and white but the ‘colours’ want to play games with her. Her world is changing – will she try to stop it or is it not as bad as she imagines? This magical show has delighted children and adults wherever it has been performed – Scotland, the U.K., Europe, Asia as well as at festivals in Edinburgh, Norway, Germany, Bahrain, and now Singapore — and we’re sure your babes will love it too. Watch an excerpt here
Archipelago by ACT 3 International, Singapore
ACT 3 Drama Academy Room 4
22 to 25 May 2018, daily performances, 40 minutes, no interval Tuesday to Friday: 10am
Watch ACT 3 Drama Academy’s Drama Teachers April Wee and Andrea Lim in this two-actor piece, where we see a theme close to home: the similarities between children and the islands in an archipelago – they’re independent, yet attached. In performance, there is equal attention paid to verbal and non-verbal communication, as well as closeness between actors and the audience.
ACT3i Festival for Children 2018
When: 22 May to 3 June 2018
Where: ACT 3 Theatre and ACT 3 Drama Academy, ONE-TWO-SIX CAIRNHILL ARTS CENTRE, 126 Cairnhill Road, Singapore 229707 and Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
Images: ACT3 International