A new project, directed by James Baker. NINE is a performance for nine-year-old performers. The show tracks the histories and futures of the children; 9 years remembered, 9 years imagined – from birth to their 18th birthday.

It’s also a show where children answer important questions about the world now.

Every time the show takes place, it’s performed by new children. It is therefore slightly different each night; using the experiences, opinions, thoughts and stories of the new performers to make the show anew. NINE is designed to champion how surprising, engaging, thoughtful, insightful, radical and useful children can be – when given the opportunity.

NINE has it’s own page, documenting the research and development. Go here if you’re interested.


Directed by James Peachey-Baker, with Rob Daniels and Andy Roberts

Devised and written by Bootworks, with different groups of children

Performed by a new cast each performance

Phase 1 was supported by…

HOME Slough, Hawkwood Hall, Stratford Circus Arts Centre, The ShowRoom, Chichester, Ideas Test, The Point, Eastlight, Strike A Light, and The Arts Council England

Phase 2 (coming in 2021) will be supported by and developed in partnership with…

HOME / Curve, Manchester, The ShowRoom, Chichester, Strike A Light / GL4 Festival, Pound Arts Blue Sky Festival, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Attenborough Centre, Leicester, Civic Barnsley, bOing! Festival, Kent, Wiltshire Creative, Southbank / Imagine, Play to the Crowd


We are currently in the planning stages of NINE. Between the Summer of 2019 and Spring of 2020, Bootworks will undertake a number residencies with different groups of children across the UK to help develop ideas and content for a full-scale international touring production. The project will be developed over 2 years with various partners.

We aim to submit an Arts Council England Grant application to support the development of phase 2 in the new year (2021). We are also in talks with other venues and organisations as future project partners for touring.

For the first phase of R&D we worked with Ideas Test (Sittingbourne), The Point (Eastleigh), and Stratford Circus (London) who offered in-kind rehearsal space and access to their associated youth groups.

Phase 2 will begin in Summer 2021, and will lead to a full-scale touring production.

If you’re interested in knowing more about this project, and/or want to participate or support us, get in touch!