Lullabub (0-12 months)

Join us as we enter a magical dreamland of sleepy byes in this playful, peaceful and wonderful performance for you and your baby.

Performed in a specially created magical space, gentle lullabies will transport you to the Land of Nod in this sensory, immersive show that combines music, light, sound, shadow and song to stimulate and engage the youngest senses.

Lullabub is created by specialists in the field of theatre for the very young and informed by the latest research in baby sensory development. The show is for babies aged 0-12 months and their grown-ups

Combined baby and grown up ticket £10.  If you need additional tickets alongside a combined ticket, these can be purchased by phoning the Box Office on 01325 405 405

The show is presented in two versions, for babies aged 0-12 months and their grown -ups and toddlers aged 13-30 months and their grown-ups.

Thank you to the children and staff at Darlington College Nursery for all their input to the development of Lullabub.

Thanks also to Supriya Najaragen and Manasamitra for their advice and support during the research for the show.


Meet the stars

Creative Team & Cast

Anna Newell

Devisor & Director

Anna Newell has been making theatre adventures for 31 years and her work for early years has been seen on 6 continents, off-Broadway and in every single Sure Start in Belfast.  She helped started baby theatre in South Africa and invented the world’s first BabyDay.  She is based in Bray, Ireland.

Miranda Thain

Artistic Producer

In her current role, Miranda leads the artistic programme and learning and research elements of Theatre Hullabaloo’s work, including the development and mentorship of artists. Miranda has a particular interest in the role of imaginative play in the lives of very young children.

Miranda has commissioned and produced more than 45 shows for, by and with children and young people.

Alison Heffernan


Alison Heffernan is a freelance theatre designer based in Manchester. She has a wide range of theatre experience of all sizes and scales from pantomime to promenading in a park and classrooms to cruise ships. This is her first project for Theatre Hullabaloo.

David Goodall


David Goodall began composing in the early eighties, writing for theatre, chamber ensembles and choirs. He worked as assistant engineer and session musician at Brick Lane’s Boundary Row Studios, and currently runs Soundsmove Studios, where he has scored award-winning films, mixed films, including New Zealand horror film The Devil’s Rock and produced the Nigerian World Cup single – One.

Composition work has taken David all over the world, and his music has been used in projects as diverse as Derek Walcott’s adaptation of The Odyssey; the Irn Bru Clan Can Guinness Record bid; and Anterores – a choral piece for the funeral of Domenico Chiocchetti, principal artist of the Orkney Italian Chapel. As well as theatre music and commissioned compositions, David has many television theme tunes and film scores to his credit, and has won a Silver Rose for Best Sound Design for a series of BBC idents.

Will Evans

Lighting Director

For Hullabaloo Will lit the very first show in the new theatre, ‘Bear and Butterfly’ in 2017.

Other Theatre credits include:
‘Gabriel’ (Theatre Six, National Tour), ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ (Big Wooden Horse/Nick Brooke, International Tour and West End), ‘The Snow Dragon’ (Tall Stories), ‘Why The Whales Came’ (Watford Plalace Theatre/Wizard Presents), ‘I Believe In Unicorns’ (Vaudeville, London West End and Tour), ‘The Canterbury Tales’ (Guildford Shakespeare Company), ‘Honest’ and ‘The Water Engine’ (Theatre 6), ‘La Boheme’ (Head First Productions), ‘Mudlarks’ and ’66 Books’ (Bush Theatre, London), ‘Dream Space’ (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Will is also Associate Lighting Designer on the recent National tour and West End transfer of ‘An Inspector Calls’ (National Theatre/PW Productions)


Ema Jayne Park

Movement Consultant

Originally from rural South West Scotland and trained in New York, Emma Jayne Park is a contemporary dancer who battles queer styles waacking and vogue internationally. Emma is Scotland’s leading waacking resource, collaborating with Dive Queer Party and events such as Queeriousity. Her 2015 work #Trans toured nationally and was programmed in Miriabilia (Italy) Festivals Scotland Focus. Emma was selected as an ASSITEJ Next Generation Artist (2016) and a PUSH Project Artist during their Gender and Sexual Identity in Lab (2017). Her immersive work for five year olds Experts In Short Trousers,has been performed nationally to critical acclaim with support from Creative Scotland and mentorship from Tony Reekie. Emma works under the creative handle Cultured Mongrel, representing her practice of exploring the intersection of multiple cultures underpinned by common value set.

Eleanor Parsons


Welsh Soprano Ellie Parsons graduated with first class honours from Birmingham Conservatoire and continued her studies at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama.

As a singer, Ellie has won numerous national and international competitions in Opera, Art song, and Oratorio. She has played various roles on the stage and has enjoyed creating her role in several new operas.  As a Choral singer and soloist, Ellie has recorded with several labels and choirs in the midlands and in London.

Ellie enjoys working in a variety of roles; she was appointed Musical Director of Billericay Choral Society in 2016 and recently directed The Beautiful Galatea performed by the Imperial Vienna Orchestra.

As a Music educator of over fifteen years, she is keenly interested in how music and theatre is introduced and taught to young children, in particularly to babies and toddlers, and finds working in close proximity to such an appreciative and exciting audience extremely rewarding.

Nicky Harley


Northern Irish born actor and theatre maker, Nicky Harley graduated from University of Ulster in 2007 with a 1st class (Hons) in Drama and is a former baby and toddler! She works extensively across the UK and Ireland and is a huge fan of new works and devising.

Works include collaborations with The Abbey Theatre, Glastonbury Festival, Replay Theatre Company, The lyric Theatre, Big Telly Theatre Company, Sole Purpose Theatre Company, Fahy Productions, Theatre Abandon, Tinderbox Theatre Company and Ridiculusmus.

Nicky has an incredible passion for theatre for young audiences and is delighted to be working with Theatre Hullabaloo under the direction of Anna Newell.

Recent theatre credits include: Mansion (The Abbey Theatre), Ulster Rot (The lyric theatre), The Faerie Thorn (Big Telly Theatre Co, UK and Ireland Tour), Wiggle Giggle (Replay Theatre Company, NI & Ireland Tour), What we are made of ( Tinderbox Theatre Company),Gulliver (Big Telly Theatre Co, UK tour)The House (Sole Purpose, NI Tour), King Arthur (Sestina, NI Tour), All there is (Fahy Productions, NI Tour), Little Red Riding Hood (GBL Productions,The Waterfront Hall and Marketplace), Teenage Kicks: The Musical (Millennium Forum), The Maiden City( Sole Purpose), The Pride (Blue Eagle Productions, NI Tour)

Nicky has trained under practitioners Philippe Gaulier, Joe Dieffenbacher, Mooky Cornish, Patsy Rodenburgh, Philipe D’Orleans, John Wright and Fiona Shaw to name a few.
Her ethos for life? “We don’t stop playing because we grow old: we grow old because we stop playing” George Bernard Shaw

Rebecca Daltry


Rebecca Daltry is a Bristol based actor and theatre maker from Leeds. She graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a BA (Hons) in Acting: Musical Theatre in 2016 and has since worked mainly theatre for young people. Rebecca has a passion for developing and devising new work and is delighted to be creating theatre for babies for the first time.

Theatre Credits Include: Peter Pan, Pyramid and Matt Burgiss (Tour) The Wall, Complicite and Simon McBerney (Workshop), Feather Boy The Musical, The National Theatre and Anthony Banks (Workshop), Through The Wire, Mike Bradwell (RCSSD), Pentecost, Anna Ledwich (RCSSD), Macbeth, Kelly Hunter (RCSSD)

Supriya Najaragen

Lullaby Consultant


Our opening season at The Hullabaloo is supported by the members of Darlington Building Society - a big thank you for your support.