Produced by Theatre Lovett

From Dublin, Ireland

Cecilia Maria is a sensitive musical-prodigy, making a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world until one night her magical, musical hat “Capello” goes missing…


Now she must venture out into the noisy city to track down the mysterious Cat Burglar. Along the way she meets a pizza maker with no saltshaker, a gondolier with no oar, a hairdresser with no scissors – all played by high energy Louis Lovett. Her adventure brings her face to face with the sneaky thief and a startling truth about herself. 


Part comedy, part thriller, this new production is full of beautiful music and hilarious characters, celebrating the power within us all to follow our dreams. 

An Official Showcase Selection at IPAY 2017!

Past production:  The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly

Best for Grades: 2nd + up

Audience Size: Medium Venues

Please contact us to watch the full length archival recording.



Company Background

Past work: The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly  (IPAY Austin 2011)

Theatre Lovett produce work for all ages. Since our foundation in 2010 we have had four Dublin Theatre Festival premieres and have toured extensively both nationally and internationally (including Texas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, New York’s 42nd Street, Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, London’s Southbank Centre, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and beyond).

2016 international touring included The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly at The Kennedy Centre Washington, The Wallis Annenberg Centre, Los Angeles and The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania as part of Culture Ireland’s International Culture Programme. National touring includes the premiere of They Called Her Vivaldi and in late 2016 we undertook an extensive UK and Irish tour with A Feast of Bones by Frances Kay (Dublin Theatre Festival 2013). In July 2016,  A Feast of Bones played at On The Edge ASSITEJ World Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences in Birmingham, UK.

Past productions include: They Called Her VivaldiThe True Story of Hansel and Gretel (Dublin Theatre Festival 2015); Mr. Foley, The Radio OperatorA Feast of BonesThe Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly (originally produced by The Ark/Theatre Lovett); The House that Jack Filled and A Man in Half. Theatre Lovett commissioned B for Baby by Carmel Winters, which was produced by The Abbey Theatre and won Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2010. In 2012 we were the overall winners of The David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Award.  We have a unique Actor Training programme and have presented Master Classes in Ireland, USA and Australia. Joint Artistic Directors Louis Lovett and Muireann Ahern both have over twenty-three years experience in theatre for young audiences.

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Artistic Team

Written by Louis Lovett
Co-Directed by Carl Kennedy and Muireann Ahern
Cast: Genevieve Hulme Beaman and Louis Lovett
Set and Lighting Design by Zia Holly
Costume Design by Liadain Kaminska
Composed by Carl Kennedy
Prop Maker and Scenic Artist: Molly O'Cathain
Produced by Muireann Ahern
Assistant Producer: Jeanine MacQuarrie

Critical Acclaim

What Critics Are Saying

Theatre Lovett, one of the most imaginative and indispensible companies at work today.

—Peter Crawley,

Irish Times

Incredible sonic effects... brilliant sound design... and the usual attention to visual style.

—Sara Keating,

Sunday Business Post

With true comic spirit, Theatre Lovett defies all age groupings to appeal to everybody.

—The Irish Independent

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They Called Her Vivaldi was superb - beautifully written and performed.

The most exceptionally crafted piece of theatre.

Spellbound by the grace and elegance of every carefully planned and executed movement on the stage.

Thoroughly enchanting and beautiful.

Such a mix of mystery, quirkiness and great character!

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What Audiences Are Saying

That was absolutely the best best best show that I EVER EVER saw.

We liked the part when Vivaldi said 'this is my Capello that used to be yellow.

An Amazing, Awesome, Brilliant, Beautiful, Crazy, Cool, Delightful, Exciting, Fun, Fascinating, Great, Hilarious, Happy Show!

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Feedback from young audiences (Ages 6 to 14 years)

Gallery of Past Productions


Curriculum Connections

  • Fine Arts: Performance, Sound Design, Music and Composition, Composers (Antonio Vivaldi, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn)

  • Language Arts: Storytelling, Mystery, Character
    Emotional/Social Development: Transitional Objects, Problem Solving, Courage, Community

  • Geography: Europe, Italy, and Venice


Minimum Technical Requirements

Minimum Technical Requirements

  • Running Time: 60 minutes

  • Load-in: 4 hours (with LX pre-hung and gelled) with 3 local crew

  • Load-out: 1 hour

  • Minimum stage: 23 feet wide x 17 feet deep, 17 feet grid height

  • Set: 1 small shop-counter on wheeled base,

    7 poles on wheeled bases – each pole rigged with wireless dimmer packs, batteries and lighting equipment.
  • Sound: In houses over 300 seats, please supply 2 wireless mics

  • Lighting: as per LX plan, strobe light used during performance



Please allow time for a 10-15 minute cast-led talkback discussion with your audiences after the curtain call. This is an important part of this program and experience.

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