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Anna Newell Theatre Adventures presents CONNECT - An Experiment in Empathy

Made with the kind support of Wicklow County Council Arts Office and hosted by Mermaid, CONNECT is a work in progress theatre piece for babies made with teenager performers which explores the positive impact this experience has on both.

Bray-based theatre maker Anna Newell has made shows for babies and Early Years audiences that have been seen on 6 continents. To find out more about all of Anna’s work have a look here -

This season we unfortunately had to cancel I AM BABA, Anna’s magical show for babies developed in association with the Civic Theatre, Tallaght and funded by Arts Council of Ireland.

We are delighted to be able to digitally share 'CONNECT: an experiment in empathy' which was due to screen in Mermaid in May.

Last year, 11 transition year students took part in an experiment with Anna where she created one of her shows for babies - with the teenagers as the performers. Three neuroscience researchers from Trinity College Dublin tracked the impact on the teenagers - their final findings will be added to the video later this year. Click on the video below to see this wonderful theatre experiment.

Here’s Anna’s blog about the subject -

Video by Soundsmove​
Photography by Neil Harrison
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