Inspired by the world of Lewis Carroll and his Humpty Dumpty character from ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’, this promenade experience is part dance performance, part workshop. Audiences join the search for Humpty Dumpty’s riddle, guided by two dancers. Following the paper soldier clues, they explore a mysterious set, watching and making up their own dances as they go.

Humpty Dumpty is a modular performance that can be adapted to fit a range of venues and events including libraries, cultural venues, children’s festivals or outdoor events. The performance integrates itself into each space by travelling through and around bookshelves, trees, shops or corridors.


Humpty Dumpty has previously performed at the following venues and festivals:

The Arc in Caterham, Tonbridge Library, Dover Library, Dulwich Library, Peckham library, Willesden Green Library, Ealing Road Library, Brixton Library, Lambeth Country Show, Woking Dance Festival, Staines library, Woking Library, Redhill Library, Caterham Library, Oxted Library, Epsom Library, Ewell Library, Leatherhead Theatre

Second Hand Dance

Second Hand Dance brings to life imaginings and crafts journeys to inspire and intrigue audiences in libraries, galleries, outdoors, theatres and other public locations. Creating a world where dads dance and libraries become performance arenas, we state proudly that dance is fun, beautiful and rewarding. Recent projects include Dad Dancing, a performance collaboration with 3 dancers and their dads and Paper Solo, a collaboration with visual artist Josie Davis performed in libraries.

Second Hand Dance is directed by Rosie Heafford, a choreographer and project manager working in London and the South East. Since graduating from Trinity Laban in 2009 and Goldsmiths in 2010, she has crafted interactive dance-experiences that inspire and intrigue audiences. Stemming from an interest in participation within a performance, she works across 3 interweaving strands of choreography including; interdisciplinary development with artists, intergenerational dance performances and location-specific work.


Claire Reed

Holding a First Class BA Honours Degree in Fine Art, Claire Reed is a visual artist with an innovative, interdisciplinary practice that explores the interplay of word and image through a combination of traditional and new media.  With curiosity and experimentation at the heart of her work, she is continually investigating new ideas and ways of working that cross boundaries and create space for the unexpected.


We are very grateful to the support and advice given to us from Louise Klarnett and Sarah Gilmartin.