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Oily Cart


Written by Tim Webb
Directed by Anna Newell
Designed by Jens Cole
Character Design by Nikki Pontin
Music Direction by Max Reinhardt
Music composition by Max Reinhardt and Kadialy Kouyate

Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree-top, when the wind blows the cradle will rock…

Nestle among branches and meet the neighbours in Oily Cart’s immersive tree-top world. The leafy canopy is home to some of the creatures you might expect, and one you definitely won’t – a tiny baby! How did the infant get up there? Who is looking after them? And how can we help? Experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of a woodland wonderland, the audience must explore to find answers.

Hush-A-Bye is an interactive, multi-sensory production for the very young, with live music, puppets and an enchanting environment. Created by Oily Cart, a theatre company renowned for their innovation, the production is presented in three versions: one for babies and toddlers (6 months – 2 years), one for young children (3 – 5 years), and a relaxed version for young people aged 3 - 8.

The music from the show can be downloaded from CD Baby.

With support from The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation


Every aspect of the theatre experience has been carefully considered... I didn't want any of it to end. *****
Jo Caird, The Stage

As ever with Oily Cart, the interaction between audience and performers is beautifully judged.
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Another delightful presentation from Oily Cart.
Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide

Oily Cart performers don't just act, sing and dance (although they do all of that - expertly). They play with children in some of the most thoughtful, immersive theatre for the very young you'll ever see.
Susan Elkin, Sardines Magazine

Oily Cart are without doubt a master of creating work for very young children…every element of the production is executed with deliberation and care.
Laura Kressly, The Play's The Thing

Hush-a-Bye ticked all the boxes: a glorious example of how children’s theatre should always be.
Holly Hancock, Little Pickle's Mom

Oily Cart have a national reputation and yet again they didn't disappoint... a wonderful production.
Stratford Mumbler

Audience feedback

The most beautiful immersive theatre experience.

If there is one theatre production that you take your children to, please take them to Oily Cart as the magic will stay with you long after you leave!

It was perfect. The best show I've ever been to.

Incredible show - my little boy's face lit up from the second we walked in until the end - he (and we) loved it! Magical.