Welcome! This is your first free article. Get more free articles when you sign up with your email.


“Gentle, contemplative show about parenting”

Daniel Bye’s baby is an exemplary baby. As Come Look at the Baby, the 2016 fringe hit proved, watching an adorable tiny human for an hour can make for wonderful entertainment.

In Arthur, Bye presents you with his offspring in the comfort of your own home. The resultant cuddles are great, but Arthur is not a novelty act. The show that bears his name is a gentle, sweet, contemplative hour on parenting and genetics.

Occasionally interrupted by baby Arthur’s perfect comic timing, Bye explores his hopes for his son. Delving into his family tree, he ponders how he can nurture the best of what might already be lying in Arthur’s genetics. If height and eye colour are dictated by your DNA, what about kindness? Or an excellent sense of humour? The latter it seems the kid has already got in droves if his giggles are anything to go by.

It turns out that one of the most terrifying things about parenting is that all the good you do has very little impact ultimately. Yet, unfairly, any wrong move can result in devastating consequences – and thousands of pounds in future therapy.

Bye is an engaging storyteller and he’s woven an informative, moving exploration on the social and scientific evidence for nature versus nurture. How many choices, for example, has Bye inadvertently voided for Arthur already, simply by virtue of his name?

The presence of Arthur, in the midst of all this, disallows any separation from the subject matter and its urgency.  What we do today will impact on the children of tomorrow.

Mark Shenton: The rise and rise of the stage baby

Related to this Review

Hold On Let GoHold On Let Go

Production Details
Production nameArthur
VenueYour home
StartsJuly 31, 2019
EndsAugust 19, 2019
Running time1hr
AuthorDaniel Bye
DirectorSarah Punshon
CastArthur Bye, Daniel Bye
ProducerArc Stockton Arts Centre, Daniel Bye, One Tenth Human
VerdictA father and his five month-old son bring the show to you in Daniel Bye’s tender contemplation on nature versus nurture
Add New Comment
You must be logged in to comment.
Francesca Peschier

Francesca Peschier

Francesca Peschier

Francesca Peschier

Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue

Invest in The Stage today with a subscription starting at just £3.98
The Stage
© Copyright The Stage Media Company Limited 2020
Linked In