Arnold’s Big Adventure

Gather under the branches for the biggest day in the woodland calendar, Drop Day! Arnold the acorn is about to drop from his tree and begin his amazing adventure in search of somewhere to put down his roots. Join Arnold as his story flies in the wind, wiggles across the land and splashes into the sea… Who will he meet along the way and will he ever find the perfect spot to call home?

Taking place in a special bell tent, Arnold’s Big Adventure features beautiful shadow puppetry, wonderful original music to sing along to and plenty of thrilling surprises along the way…

An intimate, interactive production perfect for a child’s first theatre experience and with plenty for parents to enjoy too.

Suitable for children aged 3 – 10 years and their grown-ups

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Creative Team

  • Devised by: the Company: Tessa Bide, Adam Fuller, and Nathalie Codsi
  • Performers: Tessa Bide & Megan Vaughan-Thomas/Gwen Scott/Adam Fuller
  • Director: Adam Fuller
  • Composer: Matt Huxley
  • Designer: Marta Gemma
  • Dramaturgical support: Gwen Scott and Laura Mugridge
  • Costumes: Sarah Dicks
  • Tent design & build: James Lewis at Tin Shed Scenery
  • Tent canvas: Tsubi Du
  • Artwork: Lydia Davies
  • Produced by: Tessa Bide Productions


Information for programmers

Arnold’s Big Adventure has finished touring now, please see our current shows to see what we’re currently working on.

The Tap Dancing Mermaid

Gather round, gather round for the Moon’s magical, mystical story about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night. Marina Skippett creeps out of her house every night to shuffle and stomp on the boardwalk to the sounds of the sea. She can’t tap dance at home anymore since her evil, tractor-sized Aunty banned it, threatening to feed Marina’s dinners to the dog! But then, one moonlit night, Marina meets a mysterious, watery boy called Leo swimming in the sea and her life is never the same again!

The “truly amazing one woman power house” Tessa Bide brings you her celebrated devised solo production, called “just everything a children’s theatre experience should be” (Childplays). There are stunning puppets, original live music to sing along to and tap dancing that will make you want to stick 50ps to your shoes and join in! For everyone aged 3 to 133.

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In slumber

After 3 years of us touring it, then 2 being toured by Pigtails Productions, this show is back with us but sleeping for a few years…it’s likely we’ll bring it back out again but the timing has to be just right! Sign up to the mailing list to find out when, or get in touch if you’d like to make us an offer.

Creative Team

  • Devised and Written by: Tessa Bide
  • Performer: Tessa Bide (Pigtails Productions version 2017: Stephanie De Whalley)
  • Moon Narration: Adam Fuller
  • Designer and set builder: Marta Gemma
  • Puppet Designers and makers: Sarah Dicks & Marta Gemma
  • Composer: Matt Huxley
  • Sound Design: Gwen Scott
  • Artwork: Lydia Davies & Emily Faulkner


Information for Bookers

If you’d like to make us an offer to bring the show out of slumber, please email

The Bed

The Bed is a Lady Strong’s Bonfire production – our ‘sister’ theatre company that Tessa runs with Tomasin Cuthbert and Liz Hart. See their website for more info.

Our Bed knows us best of all. It is holder of our dreams, comforter of our tears. It soaks up our blood, our sweat, and caresses us in the heat of our passions. It confines us. Heals us. Welcomes us when we arrive, and is the last to say goodbye to us when we leave. Here we are all naked. The Bed sees through all our disguises.

The Bed is the journey of a woman and is a celebration of some of the most potent times in her life. The times of changeover. Her gateway times from One to Other.

Using mask, puppetry, clown, visceral physical performance and a hypnotic original sound-score, we delve into the dream world, the physical world and everything in between. The Bed is the first theatrical endeavour from Lady Strong’s Bonfire. Combining the talents of Tomasin Cuthbert (Soap Soup Theatre), Tessa Bide (Tessa Bide Productions) and Liz Hart (Bric a Brac Productions), we offer up a feast of personal, funny, and gorgeous visual theatre.

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The Melody Makers

Pip Christmas hates Christmas. Her family love it so much they made it their name – they put the tree up in September and put it away in March and they eat beans all year to save up for the festive indulgence. Pip’s only saving grace is her best friend, Rupert – a tiny robin who visits her every morning for the month of December. One morning, the Christmas music disappears and Pip must go on a quest to find out why the music has stopped – she must find the Melody Makers and, boy, they’re not happy….

Starring 4 talented actor-musicians, beautiful hand-made puppets and A LOT of music, this will be a magical, musical extravaganza set to charm the stockings off of the whole family.

This production went through a Research and Development period in June 2015, supported by Arts Council England, Bridport Arts Centre and The Marine Theatre’s ‘R&D By The Sea’ programme. It later toured to The Wardrobe Theatre (Bristol), The Marine Theatre (Lyme Regis) and Bridport Arts Centre in winter 2015. It is safely stored away to come back one Christmas…!

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Creative Team

  • Devised ​by: the ​company
  • Performers: Tessa ​Bide, Matt Huxley, Jean Bono & Megan Brooks
  • Director/Dramaturg: Emma Williams (R&D Direction & Dramaturgy: Holly Stoppit)
  • Composer: Matt ​Huxley
  • Designer: Sarah Dicks
  • Maker: Georgia Shire
  • Lighting ​Designer: Tom Richmond
  • Production ​Assistant: Claire Crawford
  • Produced ​by: Tessa ​Bide ​Productions


Information for programmers

Here are the downloadable venue pack and tech spec for this production. WE would love to bring it out of storage, so if you’re interested in booking it, please contact the team on