Edinburgh based early years theatre company Starcatchers take show to New York

Scotland’s National Arts and Early Years Organisation, Starcatchers, that specialises in creating performances for babies, toddlers and young children and the adults who care for them, are creating a first for a New York arts centre. Later this month they take their show, Hup that was created in Scotland, to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, USA, giving the arts space its first live classical music and theatre experience for babies.

Hup was developed specifically for babies during a 2013/14 artist residency project in which Starcatchers Associate Artist Hazel Darwin-Clements and musician and composer Abigail Sinar spent six months working in nurseries with the show’s target age group. Their research culminated in a relaxed, comfortable and intimate performance that combines live classical music from two violins and a cello with a heart-warming storyline about an inquisitive raccoon.

The show has since toured to critical acclaim across Scotland, Canada, Macau, and Hong Kong before returning to Scotland in 2016 to deliver a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase. Hup will return to Edinburgh and Stirling this month before making its debut in the US at RVCC, New Jersey and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York. (dates below)

Russell Granet, Executive Vice President of Lincoln Center Education, said, “Shared arts-going experiences strengthen bonds between parents and children no matter what the age. We’re so pleased to present this classical music experience designed for babies – a first here at Lincoln Center. Starcatchers’ production is a beautiful work equally powerful for adult caregivers as for the little ones for whom it was so thoughtfully devised.”


Performance dates:

Main Hall, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Place Edinburgh
Friday 9 to Saturday 10 March 2018

Macrobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling, Stirling
Sunday 11 March

RVCC, New Jersey, USA
Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 March

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, USA
Wednesday 21 to Sunday 25 March