The animals are gathering... But one species hasn’t turned up, and it’s the species which has been causing all the trouble.

Something’s got to be done, and it’s going to be wild!

Fun, interactive and featuring original songs, Animals! is an empowering and uplifting performance about animals, humans and nature. It celebrates the amazing wildlife around us and makes big things feel possible.

“Absolutely brilliant and amazing!”
– 8 year old Audience Member, 2022

“Animals! takes on big problems with a powerful gentleness and humour. My children were mesmerised, and so was I… We loved it.”
– Grown-up Audience Member, 2022

“Unlike a lot of family shows, I didn’t know what was going to happen next… Animals! is refreshing and fabulous!”
– Cheryl Pierce, Head of Performing Arts, Quarterhouse Folkestone

Created for children 6+ and suitable for the whole family.


Saturday 1 AprilHEMEL HEMPSTEAD at Old Town Hall
Sunday 2 AprilLONDON at artsdepot
Tuesday 4 AprilMAIDENHEAD at Norden Farm Arts Centre
Wednesday 5 AprilREADING at South Street Arts Centre
Thursday 6 AprilGREENWICH at Greenwich Theatre
Friday 7 AprilSHOREHAM at Ropetackle Arts Centre
Saturday 8 AprilFAVERSHAM at The Alexander Centre
Tuesday 11 AprilHADLOW DOWN at Wilderness Wood
Thursday 13 AprilBANBURY at The Mill Arts Centre
Friday 14 AprilPORTSMOUTH at Groundlings Theatre
Saturday 15 AprilFARNHAM at The Maltings
Saturday 22 AprilOXFORD at Pegasus Theatre
Sunday 23 AprilWEST TOTTEN at Hangar Farm Arts Centre
Monday 24 AprilBRACKNELL at South Hill Park Arts Centre

Animals! was first performed at Cambridge Junction in March 2022. Subsequently the show toured to primary schools, community settings and an outdoor festival in Coventry as part of Coventry City of Culture; to primary schools in Hastings and Rother with support from the Fonthill Foundation; to Hastings Museum & Art Gallery; and Quarterhoues, Folkestone.

Animals! is available for touring. Please contact us for details.

Production Team:
Conceived and developed by Dens & Signals
Written by Ben Pacey
Directed by Jane Packman
Music by Lewis Gibson
Costume by Rebecca Child
Movement Direction by Laura Dredger
Design by Ben Pacey
Scenic Art by Colden Drystone and Dee Harvey

Porpoise / Ruby-May – Karen Barredo
Rabbit / Dodo – Colden Drystone
Buzzard / Politician – Tanya Wylie

Recorded by Lewis Gibson
Musicians: Simon C Russell, Nigel Broderick, Lewis Gibson

Photography by Paul Blakemore

Stage Management by Cosmo Cooper, Anne-Marie Watson, Bonnie Poole

Chris Preece, Tom Parkinson, Suzy Harvey, Caroline Roach, Fuel Theatre, Samantha Ann Fox, Chris Thorpe, Michael Hambridge, Anna Beck, Cheryl Pierce, Amanda Roberts, Raidene Carter, Natalie Wilson, Rob Watt, Dr Rachel White, Dr Dawn Scott.

Commissioned by:

Coventry City of Culture Cambridge Junction

Development commissioned by:

House Tipping Point Theatre Centre

Supported by: