It was a long held ambition of Graffiti's to create a piece of theatre for the very young.
It was an area of work which had intrigued Emelie for years. In May 2008, Emelie had attended the ASSITEJ World Congress in Adelaide and followed the Early Years stream. The work of La Barraca in Italy was honoured at that conference as champions of Theatre for Early Years. Emelie also attended a lecture by Suzanne Osten of Unga Klara discusing her show Baby Drama.
Emelie began to set things in motion for Graffiti's first exploration of work for the very young. They had previously created work for ages from three/four years up - but this was a new field which really engaged and excited her. After her visit to Austalia she attended the festival at La Baracca in Bologna and started to research the area. Around this time, an understanding was emerging in other fields - neurology, social studies - of the importance of Early Years Arts.
In August 2008 Síle returned to Graffiti and took up her post as Assosiate Director. Síle had previous training in early childhood studies and she had been running a creche in Prague - circumstances seemed to be conspiring for Graffiti to make a play for the very young. Watching other pracitioners' works and seeing productions that they liked (but which didn't satisfy all their hopes for the work) proved an inspiration for the pair. They spent as much time asessing the aesthetic that did not appeal to them as searching for the work that connected with them.
In Emelie's mind were the qualities of a show she had seen in the late eighties at a festival in Turin by a Spanish company. At that time that Graffiti couldn't have afforded to do anything like it. Twenty-five years later they were in a better position and decided to embark on the journey which became Blátha Bána-White Blossoms.