An Uncertain Time

Sarah Austin

An Uncertain Time is a 30 minute, immersive, sensory theatre performance designed specifically for babies aged 0-12 months and their carers.

Neuroscience tells us that critical neural pathways are formed in the first three years of life. Providing infants with quality arts and cultural experience fosters their understanding of beauty, belonging and story.

Taking the notion of the first year of an infant’s life as a period of great uncertainty for both baby and carer, An Uncertain Time uses elements of song, sound, physical theatre and object puppetry to create a narrative journey for both baby and carer.

The work explores ideas of love, loss, hope and uncertainty through a tactile, sensory and visual experience that will captivate babies and adults alike.

Please note: the performance runs for approximately 30 minutes with optional play time available for babies and carers afterwards.


Sarah Austin

Lauren Sheree

Rainbow Sweeny

Costume Designer

Lighting Designer
Richard Vabre

Composer & Sound Designer
Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey


AV Designer
Graham Coffey

Assistant Director
Meg Taranto

Produced by Performing Lines

Information for Presenters

An Uncertain Time is available for presentation and touring from 2023.

Samantha Butterworth Senior Producer

Presentation History

FUSE Darebin, Northcote Town Hall
Melbourne, VIC
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Full Presentation History for An Uncertain Time

FUSE Darebin, Northcote Town Hall
Melbourne, VIC
Arts Centre Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

An Uncertain Time is produced by Performing Lines VIC. The premiere season was supported by Besen Family Foundation and Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, as well as Darebin City Council through the FUSE Fund.

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