Trygve Wakenshaw / Aurora Nova INT

Trygve vs a Baby

This show will never be the same twice.

Trygve is an award winning performer. From growing up and learning much in New Zealand, he went to study with Philippe Gaulier for two years from 2008. He is now based in Prague - although due to a busy year-long touring schedule he is more often away from his new home. Phineas was born in July 2016 and made his stage debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, aged 13 months. The show was a sell-out success.

This performance from Foster’s Comedy Nominee Trygve Wakenshaw aims to answer a question that has plagued mankind since the dawn of time: what’s more entertaining – a world famous mime, or a standard baby? In this new creation, Trygve plays opposite his own 18 month old baby, Phineas, inducting him into the family business as early as possible. Expect double the cartoonish comedy as Trygve attempts not to be upstaged by this fledgling performer.  

Trygve is a master of creating strange, beguiling worlds using the bare minimum – a stage and his improbable facial and physical contortions. He’s wowed audiences the world over with his tentacled trilogy: Nautilus, Squidboy and Kraken. Kraken won Trygve the Underbelly Award in 2014, while Nautilus was nominated for the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2015 – putting him in elite comedy company.  

Wakenshaw’s awards include:

  • Time Out Best Comedy of 2014
  • Edinburgh Underbelly Award 2014  
  • New Zealand International Comedy Festival – Best Comedy 2014
  • Adelaide Fringe – Best Comedy 2015
  • Perth Fringe – Best Comedy 2015
  • Best International Act – Busan International Comedy Festival 2016

‘The new king of silent comedy’

The Guardian

 ‘Cute as heck hour of uncanny synchronicity and improvised larks’ – ★★★★

The List

‘Trygve vs a Baby has all the playfulness and joy that we are accustomed to in Wakenshaw’s work, but with the added magic that only comes from watching someone discover the world around them for the first time.’ – ★★★★ 

Across the Arts 
60 min.
Suitable from
8 years
No spoken language

Dates & Tickets

Now not showing. Current shows

Creators & cast

  • Created and performed Trygve Wakenshaw
  • Co-devised Ana Mirtha Sariego
  • Photo Baptiste Morel and Anais Wulf
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