Colour was a free interactive performance for early-years that fused poetry and science to support language development. Conceived in partnership with development psychologist Courtenay Norbury, the production brought Christina Rossetti’s poem ‘Colour’ to life with vibrant sights, sounds, smells and textures. The project toured to twenty libraries and children’s centres across Lambeth, targeting areas with high rates of child poverty. The production was a direct response to a lack of cultural provision for young children within the borough and demonstrated our dual commitment to both young and adult audiences.

Colour reached over 1,200 participants throughout its tour and introduced theatre to hundreds of children – 80% of families stated that their children had “never” or “very rarely” experienced theatre before the project. Similarly, the response from parents was overwhelmingly positive, with many claiming that they had enjoyed the performances just as much as their children.

This production was supported with funding from Arts Council England and Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation.


Show description

An interactive multi-sensory performance for under 4s. Join us for this delightful piece of theatre to explore language through the sights, sounds, smells and textures of an enchanted garden.

Christina Rossetti’s poem Colour is vibrantly brought to life in this playful show that encourages language development in a stimulating and creative environment.

Production dates:

12 October 2015 – Streatham Library
12 October 2015 – Tulse Hill Pop-up Library
13 October 2015 – Windmill One O’Clock Club
14 October 2015 – Clapham Library
15 October 2015 – Upper Norwood Library
16 October 2015 – Jubilee Children’s Centre
16 October 2015 – Waterloo Library
20 October 2015 – Effra Nursery School
20 October 2015 – Minet Library
21 October 2015 – Brockwell Park One O’Clock CLub
22 October 2015 – Brixton Library
23 October 2015 – Carnegie Library
26 October 2015 – Streatham Hub Children’s Centre
26 October 2015 – St Stephen’s Children’s Centre
27 October 2015 – Ethelred Children’s Centre
27 October 2015 – Durning Library
28 October 2015 – West Norwood Library
28 October 2015 – Tate South Library
29 October 2015 – Treehouse Children’s Centre
29 October 2015 – Woodmansterne Children Centre
30 October 2015 – Streatham Library

Creative Team

Director: Hester Welch
Performer and co-deviser: Jenny Novitzky
Producer: Felicity Paterson
Designer: Alison Neighbour
Sound Designer: Xavier Velasquin
Project partners: 
Dr Courtenay Norbury, Abibat Olulode