Need A Little Help (2015 – 2016, 2018 – 2019)

White Horse Road
3 May 2015 - 28 Mar 2019
Age range: 2-7
Need a Little Help flyer (Front) Need a Little Help flyer (Front)
  • Co-production Tangled Feet and Half Moon
  • by Devised by the company

Joe and Ella are a great team – they make each other laugh, help each other out and tackle all the chores their busy lives throw at them. But one morning things begin to change when Joe gets all tangled up and Ella has to start doing things alone. What will Ella do now? Will she be able to continue as before, or will it all get to much? If only she had a little help…

Based on the experiences of young carers, this piece explored what it means to look after someone else when you are young.  In a uniquely designed immersive space, the young audience helped the performers look after each other, stepping into the shoes of young carers.

Need a Little Help was a deeply moving and joyfully uplifting piece of interactive and physical theatre in co-production with Tangled Feet.

Need a Little Help undertook two short national tours between 3 March to 14 May 2016. The production was revived in 2018 between 9 March to 12 October in a new version of the original production especially adapted to be more flexible technically for non-traditional venues (i.e. community settings, libraries, nursery / school settings etc.).

The show went on its fourth revival tour from 2 to 28 March 2019 including visits to South East and London venues plus a series of school gigs in Luton, Milton Keynes, West Sussex and Surrey. For school audiences, the production was being accompanied for the first time by a Learning Resource and DVD for Primary Schools to talk about Young Carers in the classroom.

You can access the script of this play via the British Library’s MPS Modern Playscripts Collection.

Production photos (2019 tour)

Cast List

  • Sarah Calver Ella
  • Mario Christofides Joe (2015-2016)
  • Simon Carroll-Jones Joe (2018)
  • Ciaran Kellgren Joe (2019)

Creative Team

Production photos (2018 tour)

Production photos (2015/2016 tour)




Development phase 2015

Nathan Curry talks about Need a Little Help



Interview with Nathan Curry

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