Snuggleplay

Aiming for $100,000

About

Snuggleplay will be a multi-sensory theatre work for babies with disability and their families. Recognising the difficulty of being a new parent and the additional challenges of having a baby with additional needs - Snuggleplay will be a warm hug of a show that nurtures and supports parents whilst providing creative, multi-sensory stimuli for their babies. So much neurological development takes place in this early period of life, Snuggleplay takes as it's starting place this point where we can focus on the whole child's development, using their strengths rather than what they cannot do. Snuggleplay will build on the work that Sensorium has already done in this space through our very successful sensory rhyme time programme and take this offering to the next level creatively. The team includes experienced dance makers and somatic educators Alice Cummins and Jacqui Otago as well as composer/musician Thea rossen and Sensorium Co Artistic Director, Michelle Hovane. We will create the work through a series of community co-design workshops with families who have babies with disability. The work will be scalable with two versions, a low-fi version for disability specific playgroups with a larger set for theatres and festivals aimed at inclusive performances for all babies and their families. The work will premiere in october 2025. Image credit: Jessica Wyld

Snuggleplay will be a multi-sensory theatre work for babies with disability and their families. Recognising the difficulty of being a new parent and the additional challenges of having a baby with additional needs - Snuggleplay will be a warm hug of a show that nurtures and supports parents whilst providing creative, multi-sensory stimuli for their babies. So much neurological development takes place in this early period of life, Snuggleplay takes as it's starting place this point where we can focus on the whole child's development, using their strengths rather than what they cannot do. Snuggleplay will build on the work that Sensorium has already done in this space through our very successful sensory rhyme time programme and take this offering to the next level creatively. The team includes experienced dance makers and somatic educators Alice Cummins and Jacqui Otago as well as composer/musician Thea rossen and Sensorium Co Artistic Director, Michelle Hovane. We will create the work through a series of community co-design workshops with families who have babies with disability. The work will be scalable with two versions, a low-fi version for disability specific playgroups with a larger set for theatres and festivals aimed at inclusive performances for all babies and their families. The work will premiere in october 2025. Image credit: Jessica Wyld

Snuggleplay will be a multi-sensory theatre work for babies with disability and their families. Recognising the difficulty of being a new parent and the additional challenges of having a baby with additional needs - Snuggleplay will be a warm hug of a show that nurtures and supports parents whilst providing creative, multi-sensory stimuli for their babies. So much neurological development takes place in this early period of life, Snuggleplay takes as it's starting place this point where we can focus on the whole child's development, using their strengths rather than what they cannot do. Snuggleplay will build on the work that Sensorium has already done in this space through our very successful sensory rhyme time programme and take this offering to the next level creatively. The team includes experienced dance makers and somatic educators Alice Cummins and Jacqui Otago as well as composer/musician Thea rossen and Sensorium Co Artistic Director, Michelle Hovane. We will create the work through a series of community co-design workshops with families who have babies with disability. The work will be scalable with two versions, a low-fi version for disability specific playgroups with a larger set for theatres and festivals aimed at inclusive performances for all babies and their families. The work will premiere in october 2025. Image credit: Jessica Wyld

Impact

The community of families with babies with disability will benefit by having access to a very high quality arts experience that will positively influence how they experience the world with their little one. The project will support families to connect with one another through the work and also enrich the approach and positively impact the community of professionals and playgroup leaders involved in early intervention. Sensorium has been offering Sensory Rhyme Times to this community (6 to 18 months with disability or developmental delay) for the past 6 years in specialised disability specific playgroups as the need for positive joyful play experiences for their whole child development is recognised Sensorium. We will be building on these strong relationships to recruit a group of volunteer participants to be part of this first creative development exploration and process. We will again draw on these strong relationships for the pilot phase in September 2025. Additionally, our ongoing relationships with disability service providers, libraries and community centres will ensure that we are able to continue to connect with the target audience in an effective way.

The community of families with babies with disability will benefit by having access to a very high quality arts experience that will positively influence how they experience the world with their little one. The project will support families to connect with one another through the work and also enrich the approach and positively impact the community of professionals and playgroup leaders involved in early intervention. Sensorium has been offering Sensory Rhyme Times to this community (6 to 18 months with disability or developmental delay) for the past 6 years in specialised disability specific playgroups as the need for positive joyful play experiences for their whole child development is recognised Sensorium. We will be building on these strong relationships to recruit a group of volunteer participants to be part of this first creative development exploration and process. We will again draw on these strong relationships for the pilot phase in September 2025. Additionally, our ongoing relationships with disability service providers, libraries and community centres will ensure that we are able to continue to connect with the target audience in an effective way.

The community of families with babies with disability will benefit by having access to a very high quality arts experience that will positively influence how they experience the world with their little one. The project will support families to connect with one another through the work and also enrich the approach and positively impact the community of professionals and playgroup leaders involved in early intervention. Sensorium has been offering Sensory Rhyme Times to this community (6 to 18 months with disability or developmental delay) for the past 6 years in specialised disability specific playgroups as the need for positive joyful play experiences for their whole child development is recognised Sensorium. We will be building on these strong relationships to recruit a group of volunteer participants to be part of this first creative development exploration and process. We will again draw on these strong relationships for the pilot phase in September 2025. Additionally, our ongoing relationships with disability service providers, libraries and community centres will ensure that we are able to continue to connect with the target audience in an effective way.