Original story by Kate O’Hearn. Adapted for stage, directed and choreographed by Tom Dwyer.

When a father has a difficult time getting his young daughter to eat her vegetables, he tells her the story of an unusual friendship between a caterpillar and a blackbird:

A young, strong-willed caterpillar dreams of seeing the world – and doesn’t like eating her greens until a fatherly blackbird takes her under his wing. Together they share the adventure of a lifetime as they journey to meet a series of woodland creatures who will each teach the young caterpillar valuable life lessons. Under the blackbird’s loving care, the caterpillar will blossom and grow into a magnificent butterfly.



Adult tickets: £18.50

Under 16s: £16.50

Concessions: £16.50

Babe in arms go FREE


Show 1 timings:

Doors 1pm

Pre Show 1.15pm

Show Start 1.30pm


Show 2 timings:

Doors 5.30pm

Pre Show 5.45pm

Show Start 6pm


Suitable for ages 4 plus

Running time: 60 minutes approx.


Show reviews:

“My kids loved the Caterpillar and the Blackbird, I’ve never taken them to the theatre before, it was great.”

“Really loved the songs and the dancing.”

“Thank you for putting on the festival, we really loved the Caterpillar and the Blackbird.”

More about NarraDance

Created by Kate O’Hearn and Tom Dwyer, it is an imaginative amalgamation of the written word and visual splendour. Where narration mixes with music and movement, ideas with physical illustration. Immersive and accessible as dance is accompanied by the spoken word.

Kate O’Hearn

Kate O’Hearn is an international best-selling children’s author of over 19 books and is published all around the world in multiple languages with notable book series: Pegasus, Valkyrie, Titans and Atlantis.

Tom Dwyer

Tom Dwyer, is an award winning West End performer and choreographer with more than 15 years active experience, in such shows as Cats, Oklahoma, Mary Poppins, On the Town, Singin’ in the Rain and many more.

Booking information

Please note that Booking Fees apply on the following transactions:

Online: Tickets booked online are subject to booking fees when purchased through our website. E-tickets are emailed instantly on the account you have registered with DLWP, please check your Junk folder if they don’t arrive within 30 minutes. Customers can also download their tickets through our website within ‘My Account’.

Telephone: £3.50 per transaction + £2 postage or free collection at the Box Office.

In Person: There are currently no charges for booking tickets in person.

There is a £2 charge to post tickets.

We strongly recommend ticket buyers to take out Ticket Protection insurance with Secure My Booking available when you book your tickets at check out.


Please note that we are only able to post tickets within the UK. If you live overseas please select box office collection or print at home tickets. Tickets purchased for post will be sent 10 – 14 days before the show date.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Eat before the show

Book online: Pre-show dining can be booked online as an add-on when purchasing tickets for selected events. You will be purchasing a ticket to guarantee your meal before the show.
Please note you must be a ticket holder to the show to book pre-show dining.

Already booked your tickets? If you’ve already booked tickets for a show and would like to add dining, please contact Box Office: boxoffice@dlwp.com

On the night: If you have pre-booked please come to the bar to order from the gig menu and sit at one of the reserved tables.

No re-entry

Please be aware that we operate no re-entry for gigs. This means that once you have entered the building, you cannot go out and re-enter. This policy is in line with other major music venues across the UK and put in place on police advice. No re-entry is clearly signposted as you come through security on the front door.
There is a fenced-off area on the terrace for people who go out to smoke or vape.

Staying locally

There are plenty of welcoming and good value B&Bs & boutique hotels in Bexhill. The De La Warr Pavilion regularly uses the following:

Travel information
  • By Rail
    Direct trains go from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill.
    There are also trains from London Charing Cross, changing at St. Leonards Warrior Square and from London Bridge or Charing Cross going to Battle. Battle is only a short taxi journey away (15 mins approx).
    Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for up-to-date train travel information.
  • Taxis
    Town Taxis:  01424 211 511
    Parkhurst Taxis:  01424 733 456
  • By Car
    If driving from the London area:
    Take the M25, then A21 to Hastings. Turn off at John‘s Cross and follow the signs to Bexhill.
    Take the A22 to Eastbourne, go across the Bishop roundabout to the A271 and follow the signs to Bexhill and the seafront. The De La Warr Pavilion is on the Marina.
    From the Brighton area:
    Follow the A27 out of Brighton until you arrive in Bexhill On Sea.
  • Parking
    Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 7pm. After this time parking is free.

Within the limits of this Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support your visit.

Assistance Dogs are permitted into the building.

Please contact the Box Office on boxoffice@dlwp.com to arrange a visit.

Facilities for disabled visitors

  • Ramped access at the front of the building
  • A low counter at the Box Office and  Information Desk
  • Disabled toilets on two floors
  • A lift to all floors
  • Accessible galleries on both floors
  • An accessible Café
  • Spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium for seated events
  • Ramped access in the auditorium for events during the day
  • Ramped access into the Studio
  • Two travel wheelchairs are available for use at the De La Warr Pavilion. To reserve, please call our box office and information desk on (01424) 229111 or ask a member of staff on arrival. The chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis and are intended for use inside the Pavilion. Please contact us for more information.

Facilities for blind or visually-impaired

  • Large print season brochures

Facilities for the hard-of-hearing

  • An T-Switch induction loop in some areas of the auditorium (please indicate when booking as this facility is not available on the balcony)
  • British Sign Language interpretation tours of the building and exhibitions are available on request.