The Caterpillar and the Blackbird

Friday 30 August

Venue: St Mary in the Castle

14.00 to 15.30

Tickets free but must be booked in advance, available below.

NarraDance is proud to present

An original story written by Kate O’Hearn
Adapted for Stage, Directed and Choreographed by Tom Dwyer
Assistant Director and Choreographer Katy-jo Howman

When a father has a difficult time getting his young daughter to eat her vegetables, he tells her the tale of an unusual friendship between a caterpillar and a blackbird:
A young caterpillar just won’t eat her greens until a fatherly blackbird takes her under his wing and on the adventure of a life time. Along the way they will meet a cow, fox, frog and hedgehog who will each teach her a valuable life lesson. Under the blackbird’s loving care, the caterpillar will blossom and grow into a beautiful butterfly.

Suitable for ages 4 plus
Running time: 40 minutes
All ticket holding children will receive a free Caterpillar and the Blackbird colouring book.

Colouring competition prizes kindly provided by Egmont Publishing

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Free to enter but pre-booked ticket required.

You may also like: Creature Creations (Hastings Library, 2pm); Moonstruck with Ed Boxall


Tom Dwyer, after 15 years of performing and choreographing in London’s West End has been creating and devising pieces for his companies Tomboogie and TBAD for the last 7 years. He is extremely excited to be collaborating with Kate O’Hearn and to be bringing her brilliant stories to life on stage.

Katy-jo Howman has enjoyed assisting Tom Dwyer on different projects for the last 8 years. They have been performing together since they played Mungogerry and Rumpleteaser in Cats 16 years ago! Having 3 precious children herself, she knows your precious children will have a wonderful time watching the Caterpillar and the Blackbird!

Kate O’Hearn

Internationally best-selling children’s author – and Hastings resident – Kate O’Hearn is the author of the Pegasus Series, the Valkyrie series and a number of other fantasy books for children.

Her work is loved by children around the world and has been translated into eleven languages.

Originally from Canada, Kate has had a varied career in fashion, the movie industry and publishing. Kate says: “When we moved to England, and then toured Europe, I was exposed to all the exciting and rich history of the area. So much so, that my imagination spilled over and I started to write. And although I have had many unusual jobs and careers, it has always been writing that has given me the most pleasure. All these things came together in me. They added to my love of reading and the fantastic stories my parents told us on our long journeys when we were children. It wasn’t long after that I was making up my own stories filled with strange and wonderful characters that I came to care deeply for.

Now I want to share that pleasure with everyone. Tell stories of wild adventures in strange lands – but filled with people who are just like you and me. And of families who face terrible dangers and come together as they fight for a common goal.”

Come and join Kate as she reads from her work – and share the richness of her imagination.

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