BEAG -Early Years @ Graffiti

Here at Graffiti, we believe and rejoice in the rights of the young to have access to artistic events, both as audience and participants. To this end, we have been developing our work to reach even the youngest members of our communities.


BEAG artists

BEAG is a unique Early Years Arts programme that explores the endless possibilities of play, imagination, creativity and expression with and for children under three years of age. This programme has grown substantially since 2008 and has been generously supported since its inception by the HSE South, The Arts Office of Cork City Council and Cork County Council.

BEAG works with a highly skilled team of artists whose work is specifically focused towards developing a body of work to engage with children aged 0-3 years.

In 2018 BEAG worked with 15 child-focused groups. These spaces included one Parent & Toddler group and two Direct Provisions. Seven of the childcare spaces were located in RAPID areas and seven were located in the County Cork area, with the remainder based in Cork City. Triskel Arts Centre hosted BEAG for a public audience at the Cork Midsummer Festival.

Sinead Cliffe, Artistic Administrator of BEAG, led the artists on the following projects in 2018:

  • Childcare Training Module: For the first time BEAG delivered a Creative Arts Training session within the training grounds of Cork City Childcare.
  • TVG Residency.
  • Early Years Dance Programme.
  • Direct Provision Best Practice Research.
  • Play Day/Mayfield/Glen Eary Years Network.
  • Cork Midsummer Festival.
  • Baboro: Training and Development.

The Artists involved in 2018 were:

  • Regina Carbayo, Visual Artist, Educator.
  • Rachel Doolin, Visual Artist, Educator.
  • Chris Schmidt-Martin, Sound Artist, Educator.
  • Rosie O’Regan, (Residency) Actor, Writer.
  • Maria Svensson, (Residency) Dancer, Educator.
  • George Hanover, (Residency) Actor, Educator.
  • Fiona Kelleher, (Residency) Musician, Educator.
  • Inge Van Doorslaer, Collaborating Artist (West Cork).


BEAG created over 3644 artistic contacts in total in 2018 ( Introduction contact, Childcare Staff contact, Pre-Session contact, Artist contact and Review contact) with children ,their childcare workers and, in some settings, with their parents in Cork County and City. Graffiti is very passionate about the Early Years and the potential that can develop from exploring the Arts with children.

We are currently working in Childcare settings until June  2019. If you would like further information on BEAG please contact Ravinta Joyce, BEAG Co-Ordinator:

BEAG is generously supported by the HSE South, Arts Office of Cork City Council and Cork County Council.


Theatre piece for Young children aged eighteen months to three years.

Theatre piece for Young children aged eighteen months to three years.

Blátha Bána – White Blossoms Archive.

This was our first adventure into the exciting and challenging world of creating theatre for the very young. Blátha Bána – White Blossoms premiered in 2012 and has had three successful runs in our theatre, delighting very young audiences – and adults!

Blátha Bána is an enchanting, beautiful piece of theatre designed for young children aged six months to three years and their adults.

Dírithe ar pháistí an-óga (sé mhí go trí bliana) agus a ndaoine fásta, tabharfaidh Blátha Bána-White Blossoms a lucht féachana óg ar thuras amharclainne atá físiúil agus fileata.

For many members of the audience this will be their very first experience of theatre. We consider it our special responsibility to present to the children a theatrical experience of beauty in a gentle, enchanting world.

Blátha Bána – White Blossoms weaves Fiona Kelleher’s ethereal music through a mystical visual landscape created by Deirdre Dwyer. Actor Una Kirwan personifies the spirit of the story.

Fréamhaithe i saibhreas teanga agus suaimhneas timpeallachta, tá draíocht-dhráma ilchéadfaíoch cruthaithe ag Graffiti Theatre Company a mheallfaidh páistí óga agus a gcúramóirí.

Graffiti Theatre Company has devised this unique performance over the course of three years, inspired by legend, poetry and song in Irish and English.

Tá sé de chúram againn samhlaíocht na bpáistí a spreagadh agus a chothú leis an léiriú álainn seo.

Directed by/Stiúrthóirí: Emelie FitzGibbon agus Síle Ní Bhroin.


The process of creating Graffiti’s first full-scale professional production for Early Years was a long and creatively fascinating one. We took great care to respond to the needs of our very particular young audience. We have compiled the artists’ documentation from our lengthy and fascinating Blátha Bána – White Blossoms creative process in a special web page. We hope you will enjoy reading about the process, witnessing early musical and visual footage, and tracing the development of the ideas, from seed to flower, here: Blátha Bána – White Blossoms



Gile na Gealaí – Melody of the Moon : theatre for the very young!

Graffiti Theatre Company, Cork, was proud to present our latest production for very young audiences in June 2015.

Gile na Gealaí – Melody of the Moon is a beautiful and gentle piece of sensory theatre for the very young (0-3) and their adults. It weaves the story of the impossible love of a Fisherman for the beautiful Moon.

Draíocht agus drámaíocht ar thóraíocht na gealaí … tar linn ar thuras fileata trí fhuaimeanna agus íomhánna thar sáile is spéire. 

 As soon as they walk in the door, the children enter into a world of sounds and images. The world of the Fisherman’s harbour, watched over by the faraway Moon in her clouds where from the Fisherman sails his boat over the silver sea and the Moon descends from a Renaissance sky. There is no spoken language: he sings in English and she in Irish – their words and worlds can never meet.

Devised by the same creative team as the successful Blátha Bána – White BlossomsGile na Gealaí has been developed by Graffiti Theatre Company over the past two years, including a special residency with New Visions New Voices at the Kennedy Centre, Washington 2014.

Cruthaithe don lucht féachana is óige (0-3 bliain) ag an bhfoireann ealaíon chéanna a chruthaigh Blátha Bána, bhí Gile na Gealaí le breathnú i Graffiti Theatre i Mí an Mheithimh.

Performances for groups from Childcare Settings took place through out June and performances for families took place as part of Cork Midsummer Festival on 12th, 13th 14th and 19th, 20th, 21st June. See also 



Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta

We have also created links with Forbairt Naíonraí Teo. – bíonn ceardlanna á reachtáil againn freisin i gcomhar le FNT.

Contact Síle at for more information.