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Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage presents Second Hand Dance’s Night Tree Films

No longer available on Digital Stage.

A man and a woman in woolly hats are crouched behind foliage on the forest floor, peering out excitedly at something they have seen ahead.
This pair of dance films for children aged 3 – 7 and their adults takes us on a wintery walk through the forest, exploring nature through movement!


A man and a woman wearing coats and woolly hats, crouch behind a mossy tree log, playing with pinecones
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Two people dressed in warm winter hiking clothes, standing in a field watching the sunset
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Every year, in the middle of winter, we go into the forest to find our tree. Our special tree. We bundle up so we’re warm, with hats, gloves, shoes and coats. We travel through the trees. Among the leaves and muddy puddles. Listening to the birds sing. And watching for animals.

Come into the woods and dance as we go on a gentle, sensory journey through the beautiful wintery forest to find a very special tree…

Squidge through mud, sip hot chocolate, and play amongst the pines!

Night Tree Films is based on Eve Bunting’s book of the same name.

They are also available with audio description for blind and partially-sighted audiences, and with illustrated, animated creative captions for young D/deaf audiences or anyone who enjoys reading and singing along. Interactive sensory activities can also be downloaded for free in print or audio format.

Image description: A man and a woman in woolly hats are crouched behind foliage on the forest floor, peering out excitedly at something they have seen ahead.


Director & Choreographer – Rosie Heafford
Nina – Amarnah Amuludun
Kit – Keir Patrick
Deer – Mariana Camiloti
Owl – Takeshi Matsumoto
Filmmaker – Kate Flurrie
Deputy Director – Andy Manley
Music and Lyrics – Amir Shoenfeld
Costume and Props Design – Ben Pacey
Costume Maker – Rebecca Gunstone
Hair & Makeup – Rachel Porter
Deputy Hair & Makeup – Lois Morrow
Location Manager – Froud
Drone Operator – Fabian Pop
Audio Description – Willie Elliott
Creative Captions – Johnny Luu
Illustrations – Karin Eklund
Executive Producer – Claire Summerfield at Tandem Works
Producer – Olive Kane
Participation Producer – Sonya Mould
Access Worker for Rosie Heafford – Lauryn Pinard
Photography – Foteini Christofilopoulou
A special thank you to Mark Austin – location finder!

Second Hand Dance’s Night Tree Films are based on NIGHT TREE by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ted Rand. Text copyright © 1991 by Eve Bunting. Adapted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Commissioned by Pavilion Dance South West

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. With thanks to Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Surrey County Council and the Join Our Journey Expert Panel