AHRC grant awarded to Duska Radosavljevic for Early Years Project

The Mums and Babies Ensemble: Theatre-Making with the Early Years

The Mums and Babies’ Ensemble is a two-pronged public engagement project utilising research findings from Duska Radosavljevic’s prior research into the 21st century dramaturgies, aimed at both theatre-makers and general audience. Rooted in the idea of theatre authorship as an increasingly participatory, non-literary, ensemble-led process, the project is intended to explore these principles in the specific context of a theatre practice which includes as equal participants and creative partners both the adults and the Early Years (0-3 year olds) – capitalising on the notion of theatre for Early Years as a category which can be thought of as belonging to postdramatic theatre.

The process is ultimately geared towards creating an innovative performance script in the form of a creative handbook for future theatre-makers and their babies. The script will be published as a publication with an ISBN number by The Institute for Art and Practice of Dissent at Home and it will be disseminated through suitable bookshops and online outlets as well as relevant conferences, festivals and public events.

Key creative partners and collaborators involved in the project include Annie Rigby with baby Nina, Lena Simic with baby James, Duska Radosavljevic with baby Joakim and London Bubble.