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There was once only the sound of bees and the wind in the wiry grass, the low murmuring of moles in the cool dark earth, and the song of birds in the high blue sky.

Varmints tells the poignant tale of one small creature's struggle to preserve a world in danger of being lost forever. Every day the city grows larger and the noise grows louder, until there is so much noise that no-one can hear themselves think. 

This exhilarating dance-theatre show is choreographed by B-boy and Sadler's Wells New Wave Associate Wilkie Branson and directed by children's theatre specialist Sally Cookson.

Based on the award-winning book by Helen Ward with beautiful illustrations by Marc Craste, Varmints is a rich visual piece of original dance theatre for young people and their families.

Age guidance: 7+

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"It's good to see young audiences offered dance theatre that doesn't patronise, and that has excellent online resources"
"Better than ice cream!"
Co-produced and commissioned by East London Dance, Sadler's Wells and Stratford Circus
Varmints is based on the book by Helen Ward and Marc Craste, with kind permission of Templar Publishing