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 Baker
Devised by James, with Robert Daniels and Andy Roberts
Performed by
Sound by
Produced by
Supported by The Point Eastleigh, Stratford Circus


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 have submitted an Arts Council England Grant application to support the development of phase 1. We are also in talks with other venues and organisations as future project partners for phase 2 and beyond.

For the first phase of R&D we are working with The Point (Eastleigh) and Stratford Circus (London) who have both offered in-kind rehearsal space and access to their associated youth groups.

Phase 2 will begin in Summer 2020, and (hopefully!) involves Darren O’Donnell of Canadian company Mammalian Diving Reflex. This phase and collaboration will lead to a full-scale touring production.

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

Go here for a short (pitch) trailer: