This show is amazing! Saw it on tour and it’s just lovely. My one-year-old was captivated.” “... While the dancer in blue danced around the space my babies face was beautiful! (Full of wonder!)

Audience Member

Little Top will transport you to a playful, joyous, upside down, topsy-turvy world where people can fly, patterns fill the air and anything is possible.

A magical first circus experience for babies aged birth – 18 months and their adults.

At a time in their development when young children are discovering their own physicality and the pleasures and perils of gravity, Little Top invites babies to experience spectacular balances, astonishing tumbles and inventive juggling in a specially-designed set that miniaturises the magic of the Big Top.

Little Top’s beautiful set creates a colourful, cosy and welcoming space where professional circus acrobats, tumblers and jugglers perform up close in babies’ line of sight, making eye contact, and interacting and responding to their young audience.

Babies and adults alike are transported into a playful, joyous, upside down, topsy-turvy world where people can fly, patterns fill the air and anything is possible.

Created by Starcatcher’s Associate Artist, Kim Donohoe and award winning artist Ellie Dubois, with a purpose built set designed by Becky Minto.   Performed by Arron Sparks, Gabrielle Cook, Nat Whittingham and Kim Donohoe.

Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

For touring availability and requirements, please contact us.

Little Top toured venues across Scotland and was a sell out show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, and performed at Barum Kulturhus in Norway. Little Top was invited to perform at Assitej World Congress in Japan in 2020, but unfortunately this was postponed due to the pandemic.

Co-Creator / Director | Ellie Dubois
Co-Creator / Performer | Kim Donohoe
Set and Costume Designer | Becky Minto
Performer | Arron Sparks
Performer | Gabrielle Cook
Performer | Nat Whittingham
Lighting Designer / Production Manager | Michaella Fee
Composer / Sound Designer | Kim Moore
Performer (From August 2019) | Laura Bradshaw


The babies, accompanied by parents and carers, are settled within the miniature, magical, fairy-lit version of a traditional big top. It’s fascinating to watch how their attention is held by the 40-minute show, the way they respond to it and each other, and the pleasure they take in the opportunity to play with the equipment alongside the performers for 20 minutes afterwards. Starcatchers’ Little Top, a first circus experience for babies, is but one of an increasing number of superb quality shows made for the very young.

Lyn Gardner

This collaboration between Ellie Dubois and Kim Donohoe has resulted in a unique opportunity for babies, toddlers and their adults to experience incredible circus feats up close.

Development has been driven by Ellie’s passion for taking circus to new audiences and Kim’s passion for early years theatre.

During a week-long mini-residency at Arts Depot in London Ellie and Kim worked with circus performers to explore acrobatics, acro-balancing and juggling up close to an audience. “We spent lots of time getting down very low to the ground to explore what a baby would experience and found lots of fun opportunities to connect with them – reaching our feet out to the audience, balancing on one hand and playing with facial expressions, which are fascinating to even the youngest babies”, said Kim.

Ellie and Kim also ran open play sessions with babies and their parents where they played with balls and silks. They found that very young babies were fascinated by the patterns that black and white balls create whilst juggling. Older babies and toddlers also loved to hold, throw and roll the balls, and feel their texture.

Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland