The Happiest Musical of the Year returns to DLWP!

Critics are raving about this exciting, fun filled family musical written by the best-selling children’s author of the ‘Pegasus’ series, Kate O’Hearn and choreographed and directed by award winning West End performer, Tom Dwyer.

The Caterpillar and the Blackbird has something for everyone and is loved by all ages from 4 to 94!


Performance 1:

12.30pm Auditorium Doors

1pm Show Start


Performance 2:

3.30pm Auditorium Doors

4pm Show Start

Show length: approximately 1 hour

And don’t forget, you are cordially invited to the most exciting, fun filled and action packed book launch you’ll ever see! To go along with the popular musical, ‘The Caterpillar and the Blackbird’ comes the picture book of the same name. Book launches will be in our Auditorium Foyer on:

13 April

18 May

6 July

Here, you can meet the author Kate O’Hearn, get a signed copy of the book, and also grab a FREE ticket to the show in August!

The story:

When a father has a difficult time encouraging his young daughter to eat her greens, he tells her the story of an unlikely friendship between a caterpillar and a blackbird.

A bored, strong-willed caterpillar refuses to eat her greens. Instead, she dreams of going on adventures and seeing the world.

After a chance encounter with a blackbird, the caterpillar’s dreams come true as the blackbird takes her on the journey of a lifetime.  Along the way, they will encounter a mixed assortment of animals, from a tap-dancing cow, a sassy fox, a zen frog, and a prickly hedgehog – not to mention a troupe of mischievous squirrels watched over by a wise old owl. Each will teach the young caterpillar invaluable life lessons.

But the most important lesson of all for the young caterpillar is the value of true friendship as she and the blackbird form an unbreakable bond that will see the caterpillar through her wondrous metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly.​


Narradance bios

Kate O’Hearn

Kate O’Hearn was born in Toronto Canada, raised in New York City, and has lived and written in East Sussex for over sixteen years – with no plans to leave as she loves being by the water. Starting out in the fashion industry, her love of writing soon took over. Her first children’s book, “Shadow of the Dragon – Kira” won the 1066 literary prize. Followed by her international bestselling six book series, Pegasus – which has now been optioned for a major Hollywood film. These were followed by the Valkyrie series, Titans series, and now her latest series of books: Atlantis. The Caterpillar and the Blackbird was first written and published as a short story and then adapted for stage and now the book.

Tom Dwyer

Tom Dwyer was born and raised in United Kingdom and has been a proud and happy resident of Bexhill for several years. From an early age he knew the stage was where he belonged. Starting out in the UK tour of 42nd street, at seventeen he made his West End debut in the award winning, critically acclaimed revival of Oklahoma starring Hugh Jackman. He then spent the next twenty years performing, assistant-choreographing, and directing such shows as:  My Fair Lady, Cats, Mary Poppins, Singing in the Rain, On the town, Guys and Dolls, Shall We Dance and Carousel. When he first read the Caterpillar and the Blackbird, Tom knew that it had to be adapted as a dancing musical for the stage.


So great and my kids loved all the singing and dancing. The cow was so funny. Just so much to love.”

“My Year Six students saw the show and enjoyed every minute of it. They’re even writing more stories around it now.”

“I took my 89 year old nan and we both thought the Caterpillar and the Blackbird was superb.”

Suitable for all ages. U14s accompanied by an adult (18+)

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