the Boy & the Ball
Conceived and Performed by Stephen Noonan
Direction and Dramaturgy by Dave Brown
Design, Making and Dramaturgy by Greg Cousins
Music Production by James Brown
Early Childhood Advisors: Anne-Marie Shin, Sally Chance
Highly credentialed early-childhood theatre-maker, Stephen Noonan has created an intimate performance designed exclusively for kindergarten audiences.
Developed over a two year period in close consultation with a highly experienced team of artists and educators alongside the participation of kindergarten children, Stephen’s performance is exquisitely nuanced to engage kinders in storytelling wonder.
Premiere Season: August 2022
Goodwood Theatre and Studios COMEBACK 2022 Festival
Touring to Regional SA from 13th Feb to 1st March, 2023
“”It is a masterpiece in exploring the subtle niceties, insecurities and joys of play, making friends and sheer magic…The mastery of this work is its delicacy and respect for its young audience, their capacity to respond to it and be rewarded in that response by what happens before them by a supremely aware performer in Noonan.”
“Undeniably elegant and intimate work.”
“A theatrical gem! ”
the Boy & the Ball began as a research and development project titled Lift Off funded b y ArtsSA.
In this research and development project Stephen worked with students and staff at Kilkenny Preschool between January and July 2021. Each visit to Kilkenny Preschool involved Stephen presenting a short self-devised performance to students and staff. The aim was to test these performance segments with students to see what they respond to and engage with. Each subsequent visit informed by the previous visit lead to the development of a solo non-verbal image and movement based performance for 4 year olds which was given the title ‘the Boy & the Ball’.
The work in 2021 was documented in text, photographs and video under the sessions tabs 1-10 at the site https://noonliftoff.wordpress.com/
BOOKINGS and ENQUIRIES
Phone Stephen on 0417 835 687