The Anarchist’s Mobile Library – digital

An interactive, digital adventure for ages 6-11. Available in English Audio, BSL and Welsh Audio.

‘The Anarchist’s Mobile Library’ will take you on an incredible 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 adventure children, with colourful animations, guided through by performers Tessa Bide, David Ellington and Gareth Bale. The Anarchist’s Mobile Library empowers children to be masters of their own destinies, to be inspired by literature and to change the stories they see unfolding around them.


17 Jan – 22 Feb, The Living Record Festival

20-21 Feb, Greenwich Theatre

8 – 14 March, Helmsley Arts Centre


“A well-crafted, imaginative journey. Playful text and fun activities that held the attention. This has been curated with care and always with the child in mind” Stevie Thompson (theatre maker & parent)

“It was engaging, interesting & exciting. The adventures placed the children at the heart of it by allowing them to create their own journeys, which was both empowering and inspirational.” Parent


Creative Team

Original concept: Tessa Bide
Dramaturgs: Gwendolyn Scott and Lorna Rees
Written by: Tessa Bide
Composer/Sound Design: Chris Menes
Creative Technologist: Martin O’Leary
Animations: David Rock

Produced by Tessa Bide Productions
Supported by Arts Council England, Pervasive Media Studio, National Rural Touring Forum a Pound Arts

BSL Version 
Performer: David Ellington
Accessibility consultant: Jonny Cotsen
BSL monitoring and interpretation: Pascale Maroney
Dynamic Captions: Sarah MacGregor
Costume: Luned Gwawr Evans
Filmmaker/studio: Frame Dogs

Produced by Tessa Bide Productions
Supported and funded by The Library Presents

Welsh Version
Co-Director: Tessa Bide
Co-Director: Chris Harris
Performer: Gareth Bale
Translator: Lois Gwenllian Jones

Produced by Tessa Bide Productions
Supported by Blackwood Miner’s Institute, Pontardawe Arts Centre and Carmarthenshire Theatres.

Education Pack

If you’re a teacher, or a parent wanting to take the experience further with wraparound educational activities, check out our beautiful Teacher’s Resource Pack for ideas linking the project to literacy, PSHE, science, art and drama! Co-written by Tessa Bide Productions and retired primary school teacher with over 20 years experience Yvonne Dobson.

Download the English audio version here.

Download the BSL version here.

Welsh audio version coming soon!

Further reading… 

Why did we make this show?

During rehearsals in August 2019, Tessa wrote a little bit about our aims and interntions for the show, and why we made it!  Read the blog here.

Research and Development Blog

While developing the show, Tessa and the team had the opportunity to spend a week browsing the Seven Stories archive where the first ideas for The Anarchist’s Mobile Library were born. Find out about Tessa’s trip to Seven Stories, the National Center for Children’s Books, a partner and collaborator for this show.

Booking Information

We are now accepting bookings for our 2021 digital tour. For enquiries, please contact us at