A one-off project, commissioned by Boing Festival to celebrate their 10-year anniversary. TEN is a performance for ten-year-old performers. The show tracks the histories and futures of the children; 10 years remembered, 10 years imagined – from birth to adulthood.


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

TEN is a special edition of the project NINE, commissioned by Boing Festival top celebrate their 10-year anniversary.

The year they were born the words ‘clickbait’ and ‘YOLO’ were added to the dictionary.

Since then, it’s been an eventful ten years; Brexit, Minecraft, a climate change emergency, COVID-19.

But what do they remember and what was important to them?

Ten is a gateway age; over halfway to becoming an adult. It’s an opportune age to remember the past, imagine the future, and take stock of what’s happening 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. TEN is designed to champion how surprising, engaging, thoughtful, insightful, radical and useful children can be – when given the opportunity.

We will work with a group of 10 year olds over one week in August at the Gulbenkian Theatre.

  • bOing! is a relaxed festival – audience members are free to leave and re-enter the performance.
  • Both performances will be fully captioned