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Rain: For Babies and their Carers

Performance for Babies

A time to wonder and wander together in the rhythm of the rain. An immersive performance for babies and their carers that evokes the wonder and generosity of Rain in a celebration of new life. 

In the Centre for Creativity | Sydney Opera House Presents | Kids & Families

COVID-safe and event information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes that have been implemented to keep the community safe, which are regularly reviewed and updated in consideration of the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask;
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage; and
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the event date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their event.

Please check our plan your visit page prior to attending the Opera House for the most up-to-date information.

Pre-sale and on-sale information

Pre-sale timings:

  • Insider Member Priority – 9am, Tuesday 2 August
  • What's on Priority sale – 9am, Wednesday 3 August

General public on sale Friday 5 August, 9am

Events run from 8 - 12 November

Tuesday, 8 November 10am - 10:45am | 11:30am - 12:15pm | 1:30pm - 2:15pm

Wednesday, 9 November 10am - 10:45am | 11:30am - 12:15pm | 1:30pm - 2:15pm

Thursday, 10 November 10am - 10:45am | 11:30am - 12:15pm | 1:30pm - 2:15pm

Friday, 11 November 10am - 10:45am | 11:30am - 12:15pm | 1:30pm - 2:15pm

Saturday, 12 November 10am - 10:45am | 11:30am - 12:15pm | 1:30pm - 2:15pm

Baby + Carer $45 | $8.50 Booking Fee applies per transaction

Ticket Description & price
Baby & Carer Includes one baby, crawling or in arms, and one accompanying adult. Walking toddlers are ineligible.
 

$45.00 (For Baby + Carer)(Select 1 Ticket)

Additional Adult
To purchase additional adult tickets please contact us at +61 2 9250 7777 or bookings@sydneyoperahouse.com
  $25

The only authorised ticket agency for this event is Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times

Recommended for babies 0 - 12 months and their carers

This show was created specifically for babes in arms and crawlers. Walking babies cannot be admitted into the performance.

Please note this is an intimate experience and has a small capacity for an audience - book early to avoid disappointment.

“Truly beautiful. A wonderland. An inspiring dream world. Every mother needs a sanctuary like this to retreat to, to re-energise.”
Rachael, Melbourne mother

A space that welcomes babies to the world

Rain immerses carers and their littlest ones in an intimate and mindful installation full of surprise, delight, and opportunities for connection. Combining live cello, a stunning physical environment and the sounds of rain, to create a space that welcomes babies to the world of live performance.

Rain is a collaboration between Drop Bear Theatre, The Seam and cellist Edwina Cordingley. This show was created through the Artplay New Ideas Program using an emergent artistic process and is specifically designed for babies. Since its creation in 2013, Rain has toured to festivals across Australia as well as Hong Kong, Macao and New York.

Rain is an immersive performance created specifically for babes in arms and crawlers. Walking babies cannot be admitted into the performance. Please note this is an intimate experience and has a small capacity for an audience - book early to avoid disappointment.

Created by Drop Bear Theatre, The Seam and Edwina Cordingley through the Artplay New Ideas program, City of Melbourne.
Produced by Threshold 

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Thank you

Rain is enabled for Sydney Opera House by Louise Herron AM and Clark Butler.

 

 

Meet the Artists

Co-founders of Threshold, Tahli Corin and Sarah Lockwood collaborate with a team of world-class artists, including visual and installation artists, art therapists, psychologists, composers, sound designers, digital gurus and technical wizards to create unique and interactive theatrical experiences. 

Since launching in 2019, Threshold’s work has been experienced by thousands of people in homes across Australia and the world. 

 

More about Sarah Lockwood

Sarah Lockwood is a theatre maker, performer, producer and civil celebrant interested in ritual and performance. For the past 10 years, she has been the Creative Producer of Drop Bear Theatre, creating immersive theatre work for families. Their performance installation Rain was created at Artplay, and has toured for the last 10 years including to Hong Kong, Macao and Lincoln Center USA. In 2019 Sarah founded Threshold with Tahli Corin. Threshold create experiences that invite people to connect more deeply with each other. 

 

More about Carolyn Bechervaise

Carolyn Bechervaise is a performer and teaching artist. She was a founding member of Drop Bear Theatre from 2006-2020 where she developed a number of touring works for families including The Magic Hat, Alexander and the Robot Maid and Angry Harriet. She collaborated with Edwina Cordingley and The Seam to create RAIN in 2012, and has toured the work nationally and internationally. Her collaboration with Zoë Barry and The Seam involves the creation of two more immersive installations for families ‘The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things’ and ‘Dig’ for toddlers. Her teaching artistry with students ages 3-12 informs her everyday creative practice.     

 

More about THE SEAM...

THE SEAM are a collective of four artists exploring experiential and collaborative inquiry processes. Their shared creative practice weaves everyday experience into rich multi-sensory work. They are interested in the subjective and relational space and how art can move fluidly around it to express, inspire and challenge. Since 2011 they've worked across installation, photo-media and site-responsive performative projects. Their work is informed by their diverse arts backgrounds, as well as by creative arts inquiry studies at MIECAT Institute, Melbourne. Recent projects include Classical Mechanics for the Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) Spiritous Program, Bodies At Rest (Open Spaces, ACF), and various interdisciplinary collaborations including with The Letter String Quartet and ArtPlay Melbourne. Their second collaboration with Drop Bear Theatre and Zoë Barry, The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things, premiered at Royal Gardens Victoria in January 2018, and their work for toddlers, Dig, is currently in its final stages of development. The Seam is artists Nikita Hederics, Mardi Thorpe, Liz Francis and Alicia Stafford. Their work is informed by creative arts inquiry studies at MIECAT Institute, Melbourne.

 

More about Sophie Kurylowicz...

Sophie Kurylowicz graduated from NIDA in 2007 and is a Theatre Lighting Designer, Programmer and Production Manager. She now lectures full time in Design for Theatre and Television at Charles Sturt University as well aslighting designing and production managing theatre and film. Sophie has worked for Drop Bear Theatre as Lighting Designer and Production Manager on Aleksander and the Robot Maid and The Magic Hat. Her favourite gel is L714. 

 

More about Edwina Cordingley...

Edwina Cordingley is a mum who loves introducing children (including her own) to the wonders of music. Originally from sunny Adelaide, she graduated with first class honours from the Elder Conservatorium of Music before winning a scholarship to the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. In Australia Edwina plays for numerous ensembles, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Internationally she has toured Europe with the raEnglish Baroque Soloists, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and the Gabrieli Consort and Players. Edwina is a passionate educator and loves inspiring and enthusing children to unlock the delights of music.

 

More about Zoë Barry...

Zoë Barry is an award-winning cellist, composer, theatre maker and educator. Her practice is devised and collaborative, drawing on composition, sound design, writing, performing and directing. Her work explores liminal spaces, the politics of slowness, repetition, noticing, the void, disturbance and amplifying quiet voices.
Zoë is a member of The Letter String Quartet and Iranian trio Dafta Avaal, and records and performs regularly with a wide range of ensembles and bands. She composes for theatre, dance, film, ensembles and gallery commissions. Zoë has a relational practice with The Seam and Threshold, creating immersive installation/theatre works for multigenerational audiences, and audio-led works for the digital space. She is currently creating a solo work about lightning and mesmerism through Arts House’ CultureLab and The Lucid Art Foundation. Zoë is the recipient of the 2021 Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Of The Year Award for her work with Harmony in Strings at Sacred Heart Primary.

Venue Information

The Centre for Creativity will adhere to a maximum capacity of 1 person per two square metres, in line with the current NSW Public Health Order. 

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice). 
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Performances

Who is this performance for?

 

This show was created specifically for babes in arms and crawlers. Walking babies cannot be admitted into the performance.

Please note this is an intimate experience and has a small capacity for an audience - book early to avoid disappointment.

Is the Centre Pram accessible and is there pram parking?

All foyers are pram accessible. Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer or as directed by Sydney Opera House staff, adhering to COVID-safe rules.

Where is the performance located? 

The workshop is in our new Centre for Creativity at the end of the Western foyers, near the entrance to the Drama Theatre.

What if I am late for the performance?

We will start promptly at the start time, however if you are running late, please make your way to the Centre of Creativity.

Frequently Asked Questions - Performance & Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

We advise that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the event. Ticket purchases and collection at our Box Office is discouraged and eTicket or postal delivery methods should be used, wherever possible. However, if you are collecting your tickets from the Box Office, we recommend doing this at least 60 minutes before the event starts.

I have access needs. How can the Opera House support me?

Please advise us upon booking if you have any particular learning or mobility needs for us to support

Are there change tables in the Centre for Creativity?

Change tables and Nappy bins are available in the Centre for Creativity, as well as the accessible public toilets in the below locations.

Western Foyers
Lower level of the Concourse
Main Box Office accessible toilets
Concert Hall Northern Foyer (both Male and Female)

Does my child need to wear a face mask?

Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face mask.

Will there be pram parking at kids performances?

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to the foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Where does this event/workshop/installation happen?

The workshop happens in our new Centre for Creativity at the end of the Western foyers, near the entrance to the Drama Theatre

Who are the authorised ticket sellers for this event? 

The authorised agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House.

Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered reliable. If you purchase tickets from a non-authorised agency such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or any other unauthorised seller, you risk that these tickets are fake, void or have previously been cancelled. RESALE RESTRICTION APPLIES. For more details, please refer to our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events.

What if I can't come to the event?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

Can my baby sit on my lap?

If you'd like to bring your baby to one of our activities that is not baby focused, your baby may sit on your lap during the activity. Please note unless this is a baby-specific activity there is minimum pram parking onsite. Your baby will require a babes-in-arms ticket as they contribute to our venue capacities.

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Babies aged 0-2 years old at the time of a performance may be seated on an adult’s lap. Children 2 years and older will need to hold a standard ticket.

Will there be food and beverages available to be purchased in the venue?

Food and beverages will not be allowed in the Centre for Creativity unless specified in the event. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available to purchase food before your event. Please bring a credit or debit card for any on-site purchases to enable contactless payment.

Will there be bag checks, and is cloaking available?

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to the foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer or as directed by Sydney Opera House staff, adhering to COVID-safe rules.

Can I smoke at the Opera House?

  • The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Sydney Opera House is our top priority. In line with this commitment, the Opera House will become a smoke-free site from Saturday 1 January 2022.
  • By becoming a smoke-free site, the Opera House seeks to reduce exposure to harmful second-hand smoke, as well as minimise the impact of smoking on the environment, including litter and pollution of the surrounding marine environment. 

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Safety Measures

What safety measures have you implemented?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government. For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you when visiting, please see our plan your visit page.

What am I required to do as an audience member?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.

Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you, please see our plan your visit page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to visit the Sydney Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

How are you managing contact tracing? 

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

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