The Doodle Dance Show - a family review

Déda was recently awarded a Highly Commended in the Family Venue category by the Family Arts Campaign and, as many of our customers already know, high quality family work is at the heart of Déda's annual programme.


With classes from ages 6 months+, we feel it is never too early for children and young people to engage with the arts in memorable and exciting ways - whether seeing, doing or both! Competition winner, Tara Hornsey tells us about her family's experience of our recent show The Doodle Dance Show, presented by Greenwich Dance, in partnership with the East Midlands Children's Theatre and Dance Network:

"Finding something for all three of my children to do together in the holidays always seems to be a bit of a challenge. With two boys aged 9 & 6 (who often seem to want to wrestle every 10 minutes) and a girl aged 3 (who loves anything pink or glittery) I sometimes feel like I am more like a referee than a mother.

I'd seen Doodle Dance was coming to Deda in the half term holidays so when DerbyDaysOut shared a trailer on Twitter and I showed it to the kids. Imagine my excitement when they all smiled and my eldest said “That looks cool.”

When we arrived at Deda I instantly felt at ease, it is such a kid friendly place and art activities in the cafe while we waited till it was time to go into the theatre made those minutes pass quickly.

Excited about what was to come my children seemed to be seated around a giant piece of paper before I had even a chance to put my bag down.

The next hour was blissful.

We listened and took part and became involved in a story that was told about friendship and adventure. Anna and Tom the two dancers in the piece succesfully captivated everyone in the theatre. Their responsive manner to their audience made for a unique and immersive experience and you really felt like you were an important part of the story they were telling.


My children were excited to be able to join in. The thrill of being able to get up and move into the dancers space and take part in the story was very special indeed. Then to be able to draw on the paper was even more of a thrill and they eagerly rushed back to the edge of the paper so they could listen to the next bit of the story, it was so very satisfying to watch.

Overall it was an innovative piece of theatre that inspired and engaged all three of my children.

When I asked them what they enjoyed most about it here's what they said: “I loved being able to join in and I really felt part of the performance”, “It was fun to draw on a big piece of paper”, “ I loved the snow”.

Thank you The Doodle Dance Show, Deda and DerbyDaysOut, you've succesfully created a meaningful memory for me and my family."

                                                           - Tara Hornsey (and children)



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