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.
– 8 year old Audience Member, 2022
– Grown-up Audience Member, 2022
– Cheryl Pierce, Head of Performing Arts, Quarterhouse Folkestone
Created for children 6+ and suitable for the whole family.
TOUR DATES SPRING 2023
|Saturday 1 April||HEMEL HEMPSTEAD at Old Town Hall|
|Sunday 2 April||LONDON at artsdepot|
|Tuesday 4 April||MAIDENHEAD at Norden Farm Arts Centre|
|Wednesday 5 April||READING at South Street Arts Centre|
|Thursday 6 April||GREENWICH at Greenwich Theatre|
|Friday 7 April||SHOREHAM at Ropetackle Arts Centre|
|Saturday 8 April||FAVERSHAM at The Alexander Centre|
|Tuesday 11 April||HADLOW DOWN at Wilderness Wood|
|Thursday 13 April||BANBURY at The Mill Arts Centre|
|Friday 14 April||PORTSMOUTH at Groundlings Theatre|
|Saturday 15 April||FARNHAM at The Maltings|
|Saturday 22 April||OXFORD at Pegasus Theatre|
|Sunday 23 April||WEST TOTTEN at Hangar Farm Arts Centre|
|Monday 24 April||BRACKNELL 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.
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.
Development commissioned by: