Grass For Ages: 2-4 and 4+

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  • May 2015 – current
  • Running Time: 40 mins

A show about the world beneath our feet, set on freshly cut grass

Look down. What are you standing on?

Explore the ground and all of its wriggling inhabitants in this quirky dance show for young children and families.

Grass is a gently interactive show around an intimate set featuring worms, slugs, snails and spontaneous outbreaks of ant dancing. Animated butterflies flutter across the stage and humans pit against worms in this sensory exploration of the world beneath our feet. 

With a special session after the show to stay and play, Grass will inspire children to look closely at the world around them, get moving, get mucky and play!

Grass has been performed over 200 times and toured to 62 venues since 2015, including Unicorn Theatre (London), British Dance Edition (Cardiff), UK touring, Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, Showbox Festival (Norway) and Lincoln Centre (New York).

This show is available for touring. Please contact for bookings and information.

Photos: Brian Hartley

Creative Team

Director and Choreographer: Rosie Heafford
Original Cast: Helena Webb & Keir Patrick
Touring cast: David Oogle, Takeshi Matsumoto, Mariana Camiloti, Imogen Alvares
Set and Costume Designer: Sarah Booth
Lighting Designer: Sarah Gilmartin
Composers: James Marples & Amir Shoenfeld
Projection: Animation Ben Walden
Sound designer: Edward Lewis

With thanks to Andy Manly, Lou Cope and South East Dance for support with creative development and dramaturgy. 

Wrap-around activity

Rosie Heafford and the Second Hand Dance team are experienced workshop facilitators for all ages. We can offer the following workshops around the show:

• Creative dance activities for families (45mins)

• Making/craft activities for families e.g. make your own ant antennae (45mins)

• Choreographic masterclass with Rosie Heafford (between 1/2 day to 3 days)

• CPD workshops for artists interested in making work for young audiences (between 1/2 day to 3 days)


Sweet, funny, heart-melting, fascinating choreography

Teatime in Wonderland

Music, video animations, multi-cued lighting and design all play an important part in making this show work: and work it does superbly

British Theatre Guide

The creative spark from A Second Hand Dance production goes to show how, given the right encouragement, the new technology-craving generation can become engrossed in the natural world and simple play

Curious Mum

Originally produced in association with the Unicorn Theatre

Supported by the East Midlands Children's Theatre and Dance Network.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Created with co-investment from Pavilion Dance South West, Gulbenkian, Dance Village at Bristol Harbour Festival and Surrey Dance Partnership with support from Theatre Bristol, Circomedia, Stratford Circus Arts Centre and South East Dance.