Squish, squelch and play along with Slug and Caterpillar in a surreal, slimy adventure for 2-5 year olds and their families
SLIME will bring The Herd Theatre’s playful interactive adventures to the heart of Kendal for young children and their families. Young theatre-goers can expect to get stuck in with slime, the homemade goo-ey phenomenon which has been taking over the internet since 2016, as they help Slug and Caterpillar to work together to form an unlikely friendship, despite their differences.
Slug and Caterpillar are starving, and the only leaf left in the garden is just out of reach. Slug thinks they should work together, but caterpillar has other ideas. Slugs are gross, they’re covered in slime and have terrible taste in music. The fully immersive and accessible experience from the Hull-based company will transform Edinburgh’s Central Library into a slime-tastic undergrowth for all, with British Sign Language integrated throughout.
Director Ruby Thompson says “This isn’t a traditional play performed in a traditional theatre. We’re delighted to host a unique theatrical experience for the very young. During the show, children and their grownups can be as loud as they want – giggle, dance, wriggle and talk. We can’t wait to welcome Scarborough audiences into the undergrowth”. Playwright Sam Caseley adds “I think slugs are amazing and their slime is like no other material on earth, but they get such a bad rep. So we’ve made a show that confronts this prejudice, and in doing so explores how we judge others before we know them. And you get to invade the stage and play with Slime at the end.”
The Herd make innovative shows about the world young people live in today. At the heart of everything they make is a collaboration with a group of young people. The Herd play, chat, imagine, share, and create with a group of children to make their shows. The Herd also regularly run additional projects exploring lives, experiences and imagination through workshops. They are an affiliate company of Hull Truck Theatre and Hull Libraries’ Associate Theatre Company.
Running Time: 45 mins (plus 15 mins Slime play) | Suitable for ages 2 – 5
Written by Sam Caseley | Directed by Ruby Thompson l Composed by Sam Caseley
21 Oct | Starts 2 pm & 4pm | Tickets £9.50 | U16 £7.50