ANNOUNCEMENT (19 March 2020): in response to government advice on the Covid-19 situation, this tour (which was scheduled to begin house-supported dates in April 2020) is currently cancelled. We are working with the company and venues involved to explore rescheduled dates. Full statement here.


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

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