We have waited two years, but we are thrilled to finally be touring Slime from Herd Theatre this April. Whilst the company are finalising the show in rehearsals, we managed to get 5 minutes with Ruby Thompson, the show’s director and Sam Caseley, Slime’s writer.
Tell us a little bit about Herd and the work you do?
We’re a company making work for children and families, we’re based in Hull and our work has played all over the UK. Our shows explore what it’s like to be young – the good bits and the hard bits.
What inspired you to create Slime?
Slug’s and their slime – their amazing creatures, and slime is an incredible substance! We were also fascinated by how children navigate new relationships. We put both these things in the mixing pot and SLIME is the result.
In what environments have you performed the show? (libraries, theatres, online)
We started this show back in 2018 and since then it’s performed in theatres, arts centres, local libraries, community halls, churches, The Southbank Centre and a football museum in Sunderland!
Has the book brought in new audiences or do people tend to use it afterwards to remember the show?
The book’s a great takeaway from the show – it follows the story the audience have just watched, so is a great way of keeping in touch with the characters and reminding yourself of the fun you had whilst watching SLIME!
Are there ways you have adapted your performances over the past few years which you will continue to do or would you like to return to pre-covid style performances?
Like a lot of arts organisations we’ve explored the potential of technology over the last two years – we made an app called The Last Dinosaur (which you can download for free from www.theherdtheatre.co.uk!) We’re going to keep exploring this world, and we’ve got a few exciting projects lined up that use technology in an exciting way.
At the heart of our work though lies a lot of sensory exploration, and the joy of families coming together and sharing a space – so we’re very glad that we seem to be moving back into a world where that’s possible again.
What do you want children and their parents to learn from the show?
The show explores difference, friendship and collaboration, so there’s lots to get children thinking about. We’re not that interested in lessons being learnt – but discussions being started – between children, between parents, between parents and children!
The house tour of South East venues opens on Saturday 02 April at The Quarry Theatre, Bedford and runs throughout the Easter holidays before closing at Quay Arts on the Isle of Wight on Sunday 24 April. Find out if it is coming to a venue near you.