Sometimes being young is hard and you just can't wait to grow up. You’ll be happy, you’ll be beautiful, you’ll fly. Right?
Every Christmas Swan School puts on a show, a glorious display of power, grace and flight. Spruce is practising hard. Sidney’s just splashing.
A new show from The Herd Theatre, celebrating friendship, failure, and the magic of being young! A fairy-light filled treat with original music and songs for ages 4 - 7 and their families.
AGE GUIDE: 4-7 YEARS
DURATION: 50 MINS
Click these to hear text read out loud
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
'Fifty minutes in the company of these charming characters would be time well spent. And I can confirm for it's a lone adult as well.'
ROY ALEXANDER WEISE
'The most adorable Christmas show for children...The Herd are a special team.'
''A warm hearted, hilarious and moving visual feast made for 4-7 year olds but totally great for the young at heart of any age.'
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
'Pryce and Mullan perform with a childish glee that is infectious to even adults.'
Every performance of DUCKLINGS was relaxed - the audience area was well lit, it was ok to come, go and make noise if you needed to.
We made a 'Welcome to DUCKLINGS' Poster to prepare audiences ahead of their visit - WELCOME TO DUCKLINGS.
For those people who prefer to know exactly what happens in the show, we created a downloadable social story - SOCIAL STORY.
Ducklings ran at The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester for 3 weeks from December 2019 - January 2020.
WRITER + COMPOSER SAM CASELEY
DIRECTOR RUBY THOMPSON
DESIGNER NATALIE PRYCE
LIGHTING DESIGNER JESSICA ADDINALL
DRAMATURGY STEWART MELTON
SOUND DESIGN MATTHEW CLOWES
ORIGINAL CAST SOPHIE MERCELL, SOPHIE CLAY, PHOEBE VIGOR
COACH SPRING SOPHIE CLAY
SIDNEY VERITY MULLEN
SPRUCE XSARA-SHENIELLE PYRCE
UGLY DUCKLING CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Ducklings was originally produced as a co-production between The Herd Theatre and Hull Truck Theatre in the winter of 2018, under the name The Ugly Duckling Christmas Special. It ran in the Hull Truck Studio for 3 weeks from December 2018 - January 2019. Images of the original production here.
Ducklings Production Photography by Graham Hardy, Ugly Duckling Christmas Special photography by Jem Star Images
Many thanks to our supporters, partners and funders.