Theatre for the youngest audiences

small size

International exchange in theatre for early years

Since 2006, HELIOS Theater is the German partner in the european network project "small size". Back then, seven theatres from seven countries started an exchange about theatre for children from 1-6 years old. In a first and second project ("small size – the net" and "small size – big citizens") the partners successfully developed (co-) productions, organized festivals and held symposia where they discussed cultural political developments and artistic questions together.

Meanwhile, the EU has decided to fund another project: "small size – wide eyes" is running until 2018 and focuses on spreading the experiences in the theatre for early years that the now 17 partners have gathered.

More information about small size can be found on


Forming and Fading

The HELIOS Theater Hamm performs big themes for the youngest audiences – and for everyone else

The crowded foyer of the HELIOS Theaters in Hamm is thick with suspense. A good forty small and just as many big visitors are sitting on small benches. They have arrived in good time on this Sunday morning to wait for H2O to begin... 

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By Erpho Bell (story editor), 2013, published in: "About the work of HELIOS Theater"


About the Mentoring Process in South Africa

In 2016, Barbara Kölling and Anna-Sophia Zimniak were invited to Cape Town, South Africa by Magnet Theatre. In a six week workshop funded by the Goethe Institut, 18 young theatre practitioners from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Kenya and Nigeria developed four plays for children from 2 years and up. Barbara Kölling mentored the working process of the four groups for two weeks. In an interview, she describes her experiences from this work.

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The short documentary follows the HELIOS ensemble's investigation of the material wool and develops its own cinematographic perspective on the material. The focus is not so much on the development of the performance, but on the relationship between material, artists and audience. The film was created by two young filmmakers of Ruhr University Bochum: Stoyan Radoslavov and Damian W. Gorczany.

You can buy the film in the office of HELIOS Theater. Tel.: 02381 926837 oder

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