The Anarchist’s Mobile Library – an interactive, audio adventure!

Artwork by Rose Forshall

An anarchic audio adaptation of our pop-up caravan show, this digital piece is coming soon…

‘The Anarchist’s Mobile Library’ will take you on an incredible audio adventure that YOU choose, solving problems and meeting characters, from anywhere you choose to play! With many different worlds to explore, where will your adventure take you? Perhaps an intergalactic space adventure? Or a deep-sea swim, meeting creatures that lurk in the depths? Or even an abandoned witch’s kitchen, with the cauldron bubbling away?

Tessa Bide Productions have created an interactive, audio adventure to empower children to be masters of their own destinies, to be inspired by literature and to change the stories they see unfolding around them.



We are currently crowdfunding to make this project a reality. Please visit our crowdfunder and share or donate if you can.


Feedback from programmers, from the tour of the original show, in 2019:

‘The children were buzzing with the stories they’d invented and the worlds they’d created in such a small time and space. The care that the creative team have taken to build a world that is inventive and fun, that allows the children to explore and to lead and to be messy with words and ideas, is exemplary and if I had the resources to park this outside every public library, in every high street across the country I would.’

Katy Snelling at Farnham Maltings

‘The perfect accompaniment for Corsham’s StoryTown Festival, The Anarchist’s Mobile Library was a truly exciting way to introduce theatre to a new audience and a part of the community in which we are not so visible or accessible as an organisation. A real treat for all who engaged, entered and let their imagination take them anywhere they wished to go. Tessa Bide has created a delightful and beautiful interactive experience that is likely to leave you hungry for me. What an amazing idea.’

Martin Campbell, Programme Manager at The Pound arts centre

Creative Team

  • Original concept by: Tessa Bide
  • Dramaturgs: Gwen Scott and Lorna Rees
  • Sound Design: Chris Menes
  • Writer and performer: Tessa Bide
  • Animator: David J Rock
  • Produced by: Tessa Bide Productions


We are premiering the piece at Stamford Arts Centre and Guildhall Arts Centre on the 29-31st August 2020.

We will then be going on a digital tour with the piece, sign up to the mailing list to be the first to know when new dates are released.

Further reading…

R&D blog

During the show’s development, Tessa and the team had the opportunity to spend a week delving into the archives at Seven Stories to begin the start of The Anarchist’s Mobile Library. Read about Tessa’s trip to Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books, who are our partner and collaborator for this show.

Why are we making this show?

During rehearsals in August 2019, Tessa wrote an updated blog of sorts, setting out our intentions for the show, and reasons why we made it. Have a read here.

Information for bookers

We are currently taking bookings for our digital tour 2020-21. For booking enquiries, please contact us on