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Before I Fell Asleep 


Created by: Sally ChanceNursery

Enter the Nursery, a safe and special play space where delight is devised moment by moment and where babies and performers together create beauty and a sense of connection.

Presented by two dancers and a musician and developed through extensive research into ways in which babies and their adults tune into one another, Nursery offers an immersive experience of dance and music, carefully designed to invite the babies' investigation of the people, objects, movements, sounds and word-scapes within it.

Age: Babies 4 to 18 months
Dates and times: Wednesday 10 September and Friday 12 September, 10.30am to 11.15am; noon to 12.45pm; Thursday 11 September and Saturday 13 September, 10.30am to 11.15am; noon to 12.45; 2pm to 2.45pm
Bookings essential: book online - Nursery
: $15 per child

This show is designed for adult and child pairs – one child with one adult per ticket.


Artist: Alfredo Zinola and Felipe GonzalezPrimo

Presented by Melbourne Festival and ArtPlay

Imagination and wonder take centre stage in PRIMO, an underwater spectacle created especially for the creative minds of 2 to 5 year olds. From the depths of an aquatic dreamscape PRIMO conjures a vivid sensory journey, letting the creative power of your toddler’s imagination build a worlds of his or her own devising.

In a bright lit, clear-sided pool, two dancers jump, twirl and float their arms and legs a whirl of bubbles and colour. Pressing their faces to the windows, the young audience will find themselves transported, carried away on strange tides into a world of underwater adventures.

PRIMO is a co-production with SCHAUBUDE BERLIN, fabric Postdam, Fondazione T. r.g., Barnes Crossing. PRIMO is supported by Kunststiftung NRW, Fonds Darstellende Kunste e.V. and Small size, big citizens. The company’s travel to Melbourne has been made possible thanks to Kunststiftung NRW.

Please note there will also be a free artist talk at ArtPlay on Thursday 16 October at 4pm.

Age: 2 to 5 years

Dates and times: Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 and Saturday 18 October, 10.15am to 10.55am; noon to 12.40pm;
Friday 17 October and Sunday 19 October, 10.15am to 10.55am; noon to 12.40pm; and 2pm to 2.40pm
Bookings essential:
Cost: $15 per person

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Before I Fell Asleep (theatre/puppetry)

Created by: Lara Tumak and Collaboratorsa carboard cityscape rests in an open palm

Before I Fell Asleep is an immersive theatrical experience that follows the story of a young child who builds an imaginary city in the transient moment between going to bed and falling asleep.

As the city is created before your eyes, you are invited to enter into it; to wander its streets and peer in its windows. Speeding trains, puffing factories and low-flying helicopters are part of a familiar bustling cityscape, but as the city’s architect grows towards adulthood something strange begins to happen to the city.

Please note: contains theatrical smoke, loud-ish noises and dark shadowy spaces.

Animateur/Director: Lara Tumak; Collaborators: Bronwen Kamasz, Claudia Tory, Jethro woodward, Jodee Mundy, John Shearman, Marta Kaczmarek, Paul Lim, Rory Kelly, Benjamin Cisterne.

As part of this season of Before I Fell Asleep, there are two workshops on offer. Please note: it is essential you see the show before doing the workshop. Bookings essential.

Show (6 to 12 years)

Dates and times: Saturday 20 September, 1.30pm to 2.20pm; Sunday 21 September, 11am to 11.50am; Wednesday 24 September, 11am to 11.50am and 7pm to 7.50pm; Thursday 25 September, 11am to 11.50am and 1.30pm to 2.20pm.
Show cost: $12 per person
Bookings: Book online - Show (6 to 12 years)

Workshops for 6 to 12 year olds:

Come along to build your own illuminated cardboard cityscape.
Dates and times:  Saturday 20 September, 3pm to 4pm; Wednesday 24 September 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Workshop cost: $10 per child
Bookings: Book online - Workshop (6 to 12 years)

Workshops for 9 to 12 year olds:

Meet the artists and go behind the scenes to find out how shadow puppetry works and test your new skills in the set.
Dates and times: Sunday 21 September, 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Workshop cost: $10 per child
Bookings: Book online - Workshop (9 to 12 years)


The project has been assisted by the Australian Government through
the Australian Council for the Arts, its arts funding advisory body.

 Australia Council for the Arts
Before I Fell Asleep  auspicious arts projects   Arts Victoria