Curriculum for Excellence Resources

Be Kind is a treat for the senses of its young audience. A perfect introduction to the joy of theatre and performance through intimacy and a range of circus skills, this production will enhance learning in Health and Wellbeing, Expressive Arts and Literacy.

Opportunities for learning and curriculum links

Health and Wellbeing
I am learning to move my body well, exploring how to manage and control it and finding out how to use and share space. HWB 0-21a

I am developing my movement skills through practice and energetic play. HWB 0-22a

Expressive Arts (Dance)
I have the opportunity and freedom to choose and explore ways that I can move rhythmically, expressively, and playfully. EXA 0-08a

I use signs, books or other texts to find useful or interesting information and I use this to plan, make choices or learn new things. LIT 0-14a

Class Stage
Nursery (6-18 mths)
Curriculum Links
Expressive Arts
Health and Wellbeing
Literacy and English
The Studio at Festival Theatre
Duration: 40
Seating: Cushions
The Studio at Festival Theatre
22 Potterrow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BL
  • Thursday 30 May 10:00
  • Thursday 30 May 11:30
  • Thursday 30 May 14:00
  • Friday 31 May 10:00
  • Friday 31 May 11:30
  • Friday 31 May 14:00
  • Saturday 1 June 10:00
  • Saturday 1 June 11:30
  • Saturday 1 June 14:00

Be kind  is an intimate theatre experience for babies. In this sensory performance of sound, colour and movement, children experience acrobatics and juggling up close. From the song of early birds to luminous juggling at dusk, the performance follows the rhythm of the day. The pop-up decor slowly comes to life, and there is always something that rattles, appears, creaks, rolls or floats.

During the performance, a heartwarming dialogue develops between the artists and their young audience.  Because of these spontaneous interactions, each performance is unique. After the performance, the audience is invited on stage – they can crawl in, out, along and through the decor to explore the special materials up close. Be Kind also offers a specially designed baby book by Rianne van Duin to continue discovering circus and play at home.

"The joyful baby rebellion during Be Kind really topped everything.” Theaterkrant

Access Information

  • Set design: The performance is set on stage. The centerpiece pop-up set is made of different textures and natural colors of cardboard. The audience sits on carpets and pillows in "autumn" colors and on cardboard benches around the performance space.. 
  • Performers: 2 circus artists bring the audience into a sensory and abstract experience
  • Lights: The performance uses the theater lights as well as light in the set. The light design follows the rhythm of a day, from early morning sun to dusk. No complete darkness
  • Experience: The show is specifically designed for babies' ears. The performance slowly gets more interactive and finishes with a playtime when the audience can explore the set and the materials of the show
  • Capacity: 60

Supported by Performing Arts NL

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