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Curious Doings at the Children's Festival

How Tom beat Captain Najork and his Hired Sportsmen

Curious Doings was the company formed from the pilot of a brand new postgraduate performer training programme.

The course aimed to produce rounded reflective practitioners who, in addition to developing traditional performance skills, have the ability to create performance, event, entertainment in a broader sense. Much of the course focused on devised work and had an ensemble ethos.

HOW TOM BEAT CAPTAIN NAJORK AND HIS HIRED SPORTSMEN was the final result of the module of the course called CHILDSPLAY: MAKING PERFORMANCE FOR A YOUNGER AUDIENCE. During this module, students explored a range of devising strategies, participated in voice, singing and circus as ongoing skills development workshops as well as met various practitioners who specialise in this field.

The show featured as part of the Belfast International Children’s Festival – affording the opportunity for the student company to make work on an international platform and not in isolation and to see some of the best children’s performance companies in the world.


Alison Arnopp
Cat Barter
Shaun Blaney
Jen Browne
Derval Cromie
Mary Frances Doherty
Siobhán Donnellan
Matt Ferris
Annette Flynn
Daneka Greig
Aisling Groves McKeown
Aoife Heery
Daithí Mac Suibhne
Kathryn McCartin
Sarah Madigan
Joanne Quinn
Linda Teehan
Ellen Turley
Cathy Walsh

Director: Anna Newell
Choreographer: Stevie Prickett
Sounds: Justin Yang
Design: Diana Ennis
Light: Ciaran Bagnall
Circus Skills: Flora Herberich
Poster Image: Patrick Sanders
Print and web design: Conan McIvor
Photography: Neil Harrison
Technical Support: Ross McDade & Mary Tumelty
Administration: Juliana Licinic
Design Assistant: Laura Downes
Stage Management: Sophie Duffin, Eilise McNicholas

Other artists contributing to this programme:
Ross Anderson, Peter Ballance, Alyson Campbell, Clare Marshall & Richard Lowdon from Forced Entertainment, Orla McKeagney, Catriona McLoughlin, Ros Steen (RSAMD)

Many thanks to:
David Johnston, Trevor Newsom, David Grant, Ali and all at The Belfast Children’s Festival, Silverstream Primary School, Stranmillis Primary School, Barbara and Sam at Cooke Centenary Hall.