29th March - 22nd October
45 minutes approx
Tina Williams
Nicola Sangster
Suitable for ages 6 months to 18 months
Book Tickets

As the sun comes up on a new day, the garden wakes up!

Join us in the mud to explore the world of growing plants, busy bugs and wriggling worms. Share the music, singing and story - and then stay to play amongst the plants!

A new play for babies from 6-18 months, and their caregivers.

Approx 45 minutes including 15 minutes stay and play.
Available for bookings.

Tina Williams
Tina Williams

Tina Williams is the Artistic Director of Pied Piper Theatre Company, which she set up in 1984 having trained as both an actor and a teacher.

Tina has written, adapted, directed and produced over twenty five plays for the company including a large scale national tour of Anne Fine's "The Book of the Banshee", and "A Little Princess" involving eight actors and eight young people. Her recent original plays include ‘My BIG Little Sister’, ‘Robin’s Winter Adventure’ and ‘The Big ENORMOUS Present’. 

Tina is currently adapting Sam Hay’s picture book ‘Star in the Jar’ which will tour from autumn 2019.

Tina would like to dedicate this show to our little inspirations; Rose, Alfie and Ben.

For more details about Tina's work visit  'About Us'.

Nicola Sangster
Nicola Sangster

Nicola Sangster is the freelance Associate Director for Pied Piper, where she has worked with Tina since 2005.

Nicola studied Drama and English Literature at Royal Holloway, where she gained directing experience and her playwriting training led her to be part of The Royal Court's Invitation Group.

She then trained as an actor at Birmingham School of Acting. 

As an actor she has worked with many companies including the BBC, Shakespeare's Globe and the National Theatre.

For Pied Piper Nicola was part of the original UK and Singapore casts of Laura's Star.

Julian Butler
Julian Butler

Julian is an associate artist of Pied Piper Theatre Company. As well as music for Pied Piper he has composed music for lots of theatre shows for children and young people, including Charlie and Lola's Best Bestest Play, Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play and Gorilla (Polka Theatre, directed by Roman Stefanski), Up and Down (GaGa Theatre Company), The Paper Washi Wish and Little Sunshine, Little Rainfall (A Thousand Cranes Theatre), and A Christmas Carol (Lakeside Arts, Nottingham). He has written several musicals for young people including Beauty and the Beast, Red Riding Hood and Flat Stanley(with Mike Kenny, Engine House Theatre) and Run! A Sports Day Musical (with Lisa Evans, Polka Theatre).

Most recently Julian has adapted The Everywhere Bear for the Polka Theatre and on tour.

Hare & Tortoise "a show full of warmth and charm" - The Stage

There are currently no reviews of DIG, but here's a review from a previous production...

Following the success of Pied Piper Theatre’s Burglar Bill last year, this new two hander for very young children follows a similar format. There is little dialogue in Hare and Tortoise, lots of physicality and gentle joking, a neat narrative shape and some catchy songs. And it all sits very happily in the Yvonne Arnaud’s child-friendly studio space.

Catherine Chapman’s designs – flowers, snow, carrots, russet leaves, and more – underpin the seasonal progression, once Tortoise has emerged from hibernation and we await the famous race.

Ebony Feare is a deliciously charismatic tortoise, languorous with an impressive range of reptilian faces and stances and a resonant singing voice. Stefan Stuart’s ever impatient hare, more boyish than leporine, makes for an appropriately lively contrast despite his weaker singing voice.

Tuneful songs and accompanying music range from folk to Mozart, with lots of violin and piano in the backing; the show makes entertaining live use of Feare’s steel pan skills too.

Like most of Tina Williams’ work for the company she founded 30 years ago, Hare and Tortoise is a show full of warmth and charm, which at the opening performance had the school party of five and six year olds, which constituted most of the audience, engaged, gasping and laughing.