Something Slimy This Way Comes

If you’re looking for something fun and creative for the little ones to enjoy this summer, The Herd has the answer. The theatre company’s new show SLIME is a playful, hilarious and surreal experience for children aged 2-5, following the tale of Slog the Slug trying to make friends with Cola the Caterpillar.

Made in collaboration with Hull Libraries and supported by Arts Council England, Hull City Council, Hull Truck Theatre and James Reckitt Trust, this delightful 50-minute show takes place at four libraries in Hull between Monday 20 August and Saturday 1 September, allowing families from across the city to easily participate.

SLIME is an original story created with and for early years children and their families, offering a unique experience for all. By touring to East Park Library, Gipsyville Library, Greenwood Library and Hull Central Library, the creative team will travel to east, west, north and central to involve as many kids as possible in this magical experience.

“This isn’t a traditional play performed in a traditional theatre,” explains Co-Artistic Director Sam Caseley, “Local libraries will be transformed and host a 360-degree experience.  You’ll enter the microscopic garden world of the characters Slog and Cola and help them along their journey.”

“I think slugs are amazing and their slime is like no other material on earth, but they get such a bad rep. Both the creature and the substance are fascinating, as they can be kind of disgusting and appealing all at once. Slime is incredibly popular right now, just like when I was younger, showing how we all have time for a bit of grossness in our lives.”

SLIME will greatly appeal to young children thanks to its immersive, sensory and non-verbal storytelling. Set in the undergrowth, it’s a show about what it means to be different that explores the obstacles encountered when forming new friendships.

The show coincides with Hull Libraries announcing that The Herd will be its first ever Associate Theatre Company. This partnership is rooted in the organisations’ shared values of inspiring children and young people through the arts.