Exeter Northcott to host our first Babes in Arms theatre performance

We are proud to bring our first Babes in Arms performance to the Barnfield Theatre. We have partnered with producer Lizzy Humber, who creates parent-friendly daytime events in Exeter.
A black and white photo of people smiling and applauding while sitting in auditorium seats. Some of the people are holding small children/babies on their laps, or carrying babies in slings.
Photo by The Daylight Sessions


Continuing our long-standing programme to bring access to the arts, we understand that attending an evening performance when you have children can be challenging.

So, we have designed a relaxed matinee show just for parents, grandparents and carers to be able to attend, where children under 18 months are welcome too.

Booking is open to new parents, family, carers, and anyone who would like to attend the show in the daytime and doesn’t mind some cute babies in the audience.

‘We recognise it’s not easy for those with young children to get to the theatre and this babes in arms performance is another step towards making theatre more accessible for all. We are also excited to have partnered up with Exeter Community Initiatives, who will be distributing Pay It Forward tickets to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. This is a new evolution of our hugely successful panto’s annual Pay It Forward scheme and the perfect next step for this crucial initiative.’

Kelly Johnson – Exeter Northcott Theatre’s Development and Marketing Director & Joint Chief Executive


Head to our FAQs page for a comprehensive run-down of what to expect on the day, watch our video for a helpful breakdown guiding you through the Barnfield Theatre or contact our friendly Box Office team on 01392 72 63 63, or email [email protected].


Hags: A Magical Extravaganza artwork. Three young women (left and right, dressed as stage magicians; centre, dressed as a medieval peasant and bound with a rope) stand between two tinsel curtains against an orange background. The two women dressed as magicians have shocked expressions and the woman dressed as a peasant looks worried.
Photo by Matt Austin

Our first Babes in Arms production is from the Exeter-based female-led Scratchworks Theatre Company.

Their show Hags: A Magical Extravaganza explores 17th-century witch trials through comedic storytelling, live music and magic tricks.

Working alongside Scratchworks, the performance has been tailored with babies in mind, with reduced amplification and dimmed lighting. During the performance, some adjustments include a relaxed atmosphere, a breakout space, changing facilities, freedom to move around and respect for babies and toddlers who may make noise.

‘I am delighted to collaborate with Scratchworks and Exeter Northcott to create a parent-accessible show. It can be really challenging to get to an evening show when you have caring responsibilities, and I’m keen to normalise Daylight Sessions, so that parents have regular ways to access theatre and the arts, where children can come too. This daytime performance will be a place to relax, have the opportunity to have a drink, meet other sleep-deprived parents and enjoy this brilliant theatre show.’

Lizzy Humber, Producer and Mother


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