Night Tree For Ages: 3+

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  • December 2018 - current
  • Running Time: 40 mins

A new dance-show for children and their families inspired by Eve Bunting’s book.

Come into the woods to dance in the snow and bask in the glistening seasonal lights!

Full of the sounds and smells of the winter forest, Night Tree is a magical staging of Eve Bunting’s book of the same name.

Made for audiences 3+ and their families, join us in this celebration of the winter solstice as we dress a rather special tree with edible decorations, sing songs and dance together.

Explore a wintry world pre-show, and enjoy a stay-and-play with the dancers afterwards.

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

Photos: Zoe Manders

Creative Team

Director and Choreographer: Rosie Heafford
Performers: Amarnah Amulundun & Keir Patrick
Music Composition: Amir Shoenfeld
Design & Lighting Design: Ben Pacey
Dramaturg: Andy Manly

Executive Producer: Claire Summerfield at Tandem Works

Wrap-around activity

Foyer Activity
Pre & Post show we offer audiences the opportunity to make decorative edible bird feeders that they can take away to hang on their own special tree.

Stay & Play
Post show we invite audiences to become the animals of the forest and join us for a celebratory dance

Rosie Heafford and the Second Hand Dance team are experienced workshop facilitators for all ages. We can offer dance workshops for families or school groups as well as masterclasses for audiences interested in making performances for children and young people.

Previous Performances


  • Gulbenkian
  • Pavilion Dance South West

The young audience are transfixed as trees spin on wheels, a lare snowy owl sweeps around the stage and a hand-held, life-sized deer puppet peeps shyly though the foliage

The Wonderful World of Dance

We were blown away by the combination of dance, singing and nature. My three year old was mesmerized and loved dressing up as a badger afterwards

Audience Member

A charming antidote to a commercial Christmas

Audience Member

Commissioned by Gulbenkian/ART(Y)31 in association with Pavilion Dance South West. Based on NIGHT TREE by Eve Bunting. Text copyright © 1991 by Eve Bunting. Adapted and performed by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Second Hand Dance is a Dream Artist with Pavilion Dance South West. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.