The Herd Theatre presents
a squishy, squelchy show for the very young

written by Sam Caseley
directed by Ruby Thompson

Being a slug is hard. Everyone thinks you’re disgusting.

Slug and Caterpillar are starving, and the only leaf left in the garden is just out of reach. Slug thinks they should work together. Get the leaf, eat the leaf, play a game, be friends. Caterpillar has other ideas. Slugs are gross, they’re covered in slime and they have terrible taste in music.

Things get sticky.

Enter Slug and Caterpillar’s world and sit in a giant garden to SQUISH, SQUELCH and PLAY your way through this hilarious, surreal show for 2-5 years and their families, told with a handful of words and lots of SLIME.


Running time: 45 minutes + 15 minutes post-show ‘stay and play’
Age recommendation: 2-5-year-olds and their families
Accessibility: BSL integrated creative sign language. Every show is a relaxed performance.

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‘A microscopic world of epic adventure… with or without kids its a howling delight’  Guardian
‘‘Inclusivity runs right through this piece… Packed with invention and laughs’ **** The Stage


The full tour schedule will be announced as it’s confirmed here (external site)

Selected dates on tour are presented by house, a project delivered by Farnham Maltings and funded by Arts Council England:

Tour Dates

Date Time Venue Booking Information
02/04/2022 11.30am & 2.30pm - 12.30pm & 3.30pm The Quarry Theatre at St Lukes Book here
03/04/2022 11.30am & 2.30pm - 12.30pm & 3.30pm The Junction Book here
04/04/2022 11am & 2pm - 12pm & 3pm Babylon Arts Book here
06/04/2022 - 07/04/2022 12pm & 2pm - 1pm & 3pm The Albany Book here
10/04/2022 11am & 2pm - 12pm & 3pm artsdepot Book here
12/04/2022 11am & 2pm - 12pm & 3pm Proteus Creation Space Book here
13/04/2022 11am & 2pm - 12pm & 3pm South Street Arts Centre Book here
14/04/2022 11am & 2pm - 12pm & 3pm The Alexander Centre Book here
16/04/2022 1pm & 3pm - 2pm & 4pm Quarterhouse Book here
22/04/2022 11.30am & 2.30pm - 12.30pm & 3.30pm Farnham Maltings Book here
23/04/2022 11am & 2pm - 12pm & 3pm Groundlings Theatre Book here
24/04/2022 11am & 2pm - 12pm & 3pm Quay Arts Book here