The Worm – An Underground Adventure

Underneath your feet in the muddy brown soil squirms the world’s best kept secret… a wonderful, magical creature called the Worm.

Join Wilma and William, two nature lovers, on a journey underground as they discover a family of friendly, musical worms and their colourful miniature world.

Audiences are invited to sit on the grass as the adventure story unfolds, involving charming finger puppetry, colourful bobble hats, live cello music, and the reveal of an exciting miniature set. With laugh out loud songs, The Worm is a fun filled, friendly theatre experience guaranteed to make everyone giggle, wiggle and love the squirmy wonders beneath our feet.

After the performance, the audience are invited to see some real worms in a specially designed wormery.

The Worm has been touring schools, nurseries, theatres, festivals and community venues across Scotland since 2013. It performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 at Summerhall, where it was shortlisted for the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award. The show went on to perform at the 2015 Puppet Animation Festivaland was invited back for the 2016 and 2018 Festivals.

2018 Tour Dates

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen – Saturday 24th March 2018, 1pm & 3pm

Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow (Puppet Animation Festival) – Sunday 25th March 2018, 3.30pm

Saltcoats Town Hall (Puppet Animation Festival) – Monday 26 March, 11am & 1pm

Harbour Arts Centre (Puppet Animation Festival) – Tuesday 27 March, 11am & 1pm

Cumnock Town Hall (Puppet Animation Festival) – Wednesday 28 March, 10am & 1pm

The Gaiety, Ayr – Saturday 31st March 2018, 11am & 2pm

Festival Studio, Edinburgh – Tuesday 3rd April, 10.30 & 1.30

Eglinton Country Park (Puppet Animation Festival) – Wednesday 4 April, 11am & 1pm

Adam Smith Theatre, Fife (Puppet Animation Festival) – Thursday 5 April, 11am

Rothiemay Village Hall – Monday 9th April, times tbc

Aden Country Park, North East Arts Touring (Puppet Animation Festival) – Tuesday 10th April, 1pm

Macrobert Memorial Hall, Tarland, North East Arts Touring (Puppet Animation Festival) – Wednesday 11 April, 2pm

Edinburgh International Science Festival, Summerhall – Thursday 12th April, 11am & 2pm

The Kirkgate (Puppet Animation Festival) – Saturday 14 April, 11am & 2pm

Reviews

***** Broadway Baby

“…manages to keep its audience of tinies enthralled simply through some excellent storytelling…a sweet little piece which will give younger children a gentle introduction to ecology but, more importantly, keep them engaged and amused for the whole 60 minutes.”  Full Review

**** Edinburgh Guide

“…a smashing wee show that just maybe planted the seeds from which a new generation of eco-warriors will grow.”  Full Review

“…a lovely intimate show for wee ones. I loved the sensory elements, surprising set and bobble hats…the show brought me a new-found respect for worms and the children were fascinated”

Kirsty White, Glasgow Arts

“The show fitted well with their eco learning, helping communicate the idea of composting, the role of the worm in our world and how we can use compost to help plants” 

Nursery Teacher, Haghill Park Nursery

“Visual, musical and colourful – the children were enthralled from start to finish” 

Aultmore Park Primary

“Fantastic. Children were captivated from the onset. Discussion afterwards highlighted their obvious enjoyment. I felt the need to compliment the 2 performers after the show and tell them that this was one of the best shows I had ever seen in a school.”

Sharon Barclay, Aultmore Park Primary, 

“The show was fantastic…the actors and script were fabulous and the music so inventive.”

M McDaid St Vincents Primary

“The performance was simply spot on and the children thoroughly engaged and delighted. It is days like today that make me glad to have become a teacher.” 

Mrs McDermott, St Mungo’s Primary

“Everyone absolutely loved it. I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in a while – it was just great for adults and children. All the feedback was positive and we would gladly have you all back again.”

Kelsey Jubin, Borders Science Festival

“Dear ‘Wilma’ and ‘William’ and the crew,

We brought our kids to see The Worm today and absolutely loved it! We just wanted to thank you for creating a really lovely, magical and special experience for us all.  What an incredible connection you build with your audience.  The music and soundscape was genius. Thank you again!”

Aly, Audience member at the Festival Studio, Edinburgh