Notnow Collective is proud to announce that our newest project DadMan: The Bathtime Warrior has been successful in securing the funding from Arts Council and Sir Barry Jackson Trust Fund, alongside the partnership from MAC Birmingham, Derby Theatre, Attenborough Arts Centre and Wolverhampton Arena.

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In a nutshell, this means a considerable growth for our small organisation: we are creating a brand new show, our 13 venues touring circuit widens beyond our Midlands borders and we go nationwide, and we will be further exploring what baby-friendly theatre is and delivering a focused audience development activity throughout the next 9 months!

We are also putting audience development in the focus of this project and in each of the partner venues we will be recruiting Parent Ambassadors for our baby-proofed and baby-friendly theatre experience.

All of this meant we had to grow our Notnow team: in the past couple of months, we have been working hard on recruiting some fantastic people. We are proud to announce the Notnow Wonder Crew:


Mothership – Project Managers

MotherShip is Leonie Hart and Rosie Gunn, two creative producers and project managers and mothers who set up their own community arts company in order to better balance their work with their families.  MotherShip seeks to investigate the possibilities of “job-pairing” and to connect communities through culture and creativity. They are particularly interested in working with mothers and children. As well as delivering projects for other arts organisations they also develop their own and are currently delivering PLAYgroup, a creative befriending project for newly arrived mothers and their children and local mothers and their children to build relationships through playing creatively together.

Claire Bowdler – Audience Development Officer

Claire is Cambridgeshire based arts marketing professional and a mum. She has just gone freelance, having previously worked in the arts marketing and audience development for Arts Depot and Britten Sinfonia.

Sam Baines and Penguin In The Room – Award-winning marketing for the arts

Creative team joining Notnow core team (Tina and Kristina)

Arnim Friess (LX and AV design)

Samuel Wilde (set and costume design)

Timothy Thomas (composer 1)

Rich Stokes (composer 2)

Vicki Ayres (stage manager)

Philip Holyman (script developing dramaturge)

And finally, our magnificen cast:

Marcus Fernando (Dad#1), Alex Gartshore (Dad#2), and a special guest appearance by Tina Hofman (Mum).









About DadMan: The Bathtime Warrior

This is a show about not babysitting your own kids.

DadMan is a warrior. He stands strong at the gates of an ideal Birth-Plan and sings the blues about Being The Only Man At A Parent And Baby Group. He courageously navigates the precipices of School Runs. DadMan enters the contest for the title of The Breadwinner armed with swords and Lego.

This show is partly quiz, partly story intertwined with live music and original songs, partly total fantasy where DadMan dives in and out of the bathtub, running into Trust, Breasts, Flexi –Hours, Soft Play Areas and Sex (not necessarily in that order, or at the same time!!).

Finally, DadMan realises there is actually another, much bigger mountain to climb.

As always, we are offering baby-friendly matinees on this tour, and are branding our offer as “100% baby-proofed by Notnow Collective”. Enjoy great entertainment without needing to spend loads on babysitter!!

This is how fun our creative process can be! To see more, check our photo gallery here.

We are also chuffed to officially announce our tour:

9th June – The Quarry, Bedford 

2.30 pm and 7.30 pm BOOK


10th June – Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester

2 pm and 7 pm BOOK


27th June – Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford

1.30 pm and 7.30 pm  BOOK


25th October – Cast, Doncaster

2 pm and 7.30 pm


27th October – Derby Theatre

2 pm and 8 pm


1st November at 8 pm and 2nd November at 2 pm

Square Chapel Centre For The Arts, Halifax


7th November – Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

1.30 pm and 7.30 pm



31st January – Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton upon Trent

1.30 pm and 7.30 pm


1st February – MAC, Birmingham

11 am and 1 pm


7th February – Farnham Maltings, Surrey

1 pm and 7.30 pm


8th and 9th February – The Egg, Bath

8 pm / 11 am and 3 pm


14th February – Harrogate Theatre

1 pm and 7.30pm


15th February – Theatre Clwyd, Mold

1.30pm and 7.30pm