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We drag our kids round the best shows and theatre from Edinburgh Festival, so you don't have to!

Harry & Chris

Harry & Chris

Harry Baker is a World Poetry Slam Champion and wordplay wizard; Chris Read is a champion of the guitar, has a voice presumably gifted to him by higher powers and is all round champion of the people.

Together, they’re best friends Harry & Chris and will bring their unique mix of comedy, melody and poetry to Deer Shed 9. Think Flight of the Conchords with the added inclusion of Robot Wars references and you’re close to understanding how truly amazing these two are. In case Trump gets his way and we do actually meet the world’s end before July rolls around, you can watch Harry & Chris perform their hilarious ‘End of the World song’ on The Russell Howard Hour right here.

Big Howard Little Howard

Big Howard Little Howard

Howard Read is a funny guy on his own but blows the roof off places like Deer Shed’s Big Top tent when he teams up with his fictional animated best friend/alter ego Little Howard. Beginning his career as a stand-up, (Big) Howard needed an advert for his Edinburgh Festival show, so created (Little Howard), the mischievous, miniature cartoonisation of himself.

About their first appearance as a live act, Big Howard remarks that ‘Little Howard stole the show – the reviews said I should be written out’. The two interact on stage, with the small one usually coming out on top in their regular tiffs. In the immortal words of Little Howard ‘never work with grown ups’!

The Kagools

The Kagools

From the Mr Bean school of physical comedy, The Kagools – aka Claire Ford and Nicola Wilkinson – are a duo who propel silent entertainment and mime into the twenty-first century.

After performing their eponymous debut show in 2015, and winning multiple of awards along the way, they appeared at Deer Shed 7, winning the hearts of all in the Big Top. Their name and costumes make total sense when you hear the audience’s waves of laughter surging towards the stage.

The Kagools’ new live show, Kula, features two silent and strange, but friendly, characters. They live both in this realm (live on stage) and in an alternate reality (via an on-stage screen), which they effortlessly and inventively interact with to hilarious effect. Furiously farcical for the younger audience, with razor sharp wit to keep the grown-ups guessing.

Great British Mysteries?

Great British Mysteries?

Do you like mysteries? Are you an inquisitive type with an eye for the finer details and heightened powers of deduction? Then this show just might be for you…

Join Olive Bacon (Supernaturalist) and Dr. Teddy Tyrell (Scorpio) in this live mystery-mockumentary adventure. The eccentric duo have cast their magnifying glass over every British enigma from Jack the Ripper to Noel Edmonds, and now they’re squaring up to none other than… the Loch Ness Monster. We’re going to need a bigger magnifying glass. Oh, and bring your armbands.

Blue Planet III

Blue Planet III

We expect many of you may be missing the recent regular occurrence of settling in to watch good ol’ Grandpa Attenborough’s Blue Planet II on the Beeb every Sunday evening.

Unfortunately, David won’t be coming to Baldersby Park this year, but Deer Shed 9 will have comedians Luke Rollason and Christian Brighty exploring the deep in a dystopian future. Put on your polar ice caps and join two idiots in an adventure to repopulate the sea and save the oceans! Blue Planet III: the sea levels have risen...

Me & My Bee

Me & My Bee

Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so we’re launching a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show. Multi award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world - one bee at a time. Plant the seed for change, join the Bee Party. Before it’s too late…

Me & My Bee is a show for children & adults, tackling a big issue in sensitive and entertaining manner. The show plays with how we can make what we imagine become real. It is about cause and effect. It is about humans as much as it is about bees. It is about doing more to help, before it’s too late. Bee very excited.

Just Us League

Just Us League

The Just Us League have assembled a team of people with special abilities. No, Gary Tro and Javier Jarquin don’t have super strength, and they certainly can’t fly. Weather manipulation isn’t their forte either, although that would be rather useful come festival time.

Instead, this dynamic duo possess the gift of inducing fits of laughter in any adversary; debilitating even the most straight-faced spectators with their super hero-themed stand up. They will squeeze almost a decade of Marvel movies into one action packed hour of chaotic comedy! MARVELus.

Rod Laver

Rod Laver

Rod Laver is a world record-breaking virtuoso of juggling, having performed across the globe in cabaret, variety acts and on telly for over 25 years. Some of his talents, including bouncing multiple ping pong balls simultaneously on a surface using only his mouth, are genuinely mind boggling. It’s not uncommon to hear gasps and cries of “how did you do that!?” from his audience at any given gig.

Granted, some of his talents might leave you wondering what drives a man to learn to play Beethoven’s Ode to Joy with said mouth and ping-pong-ball technique and a number of differently tuned bottles, but we reckon the world of entertainment would be much worse off without it.

Sam Fletcher

Sam Fletcher

Sam Fletcher is an actor, writer and comedian. His charming, quirky brand of comedy landed him a nomination for the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards, and he continues to perform regularly on the comedy circuit.

As a comedy writer, Sam supplies jokes and material for a variety of light entertainment programmes including Comic Relief, The Nightly Show and the 2017 BAFTA Television Awards, as well as writing sketches and dialogue for the BBC, Radio 4 and EMMY award winning animation, ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’.

Sam is an incredibly talented performer, who thrives in front of audiences containing kids. For that reason, among many others, we’re delighted he’s coming to Deer Shed 9.

Robin Dale

Robin Dale

In his charmingly rhetorical debut show, Robin Dale utilises innovative juggling, physical comedy, and almost-philosophy to guide you through his mind and body of research. He trained as a circus performer, writer, and clown, at the Circomedia academy in Bristol, so you know he’s good!

Featuring pretty much any kind of juggling you can think of, and a motivational speech delivered by a man in swimming trunks, Robin trips (literally) his way through an emotive action-lecture, veering between the scholarly and the silly. A brilliant show for the whole family.

Kitsch & Sync

Kitsch & Sync presents Bedraggled

Behold the bedraggled beauties of Kitsch & Sync, swept up onto the shore, serenading shipwrecked sailors with their sublime, sultry sounds… "Hang on a minute now luv, you talkin’ about us or sumfink??"

These mermaids are not like the ones you’ve heard about in fairy tales! They are feisty and up to something fishy. Expect underwater warblings, mermaid mambo manoeuvres, fish maracas, octopus opera and much more!

Kitsch & Sync

Kitsch & Sync presents Pseudo Synchro

ATTENTION!! Up, two, three, four, keep it up, two, three four. Introducing our second show from Kitsch & Sync to be performed at Deer Shed Festival 9.

The Pseudo Synchro Swim Team are out and busy in training; being drilled by their swim captain with military precision and preparing for the biggest most spectacular synchronized swimming display of their lives (taking place in a children’s paddling pool). An interactive comedy and dance act perfect for making waves, with a lot of splashing around and some bizarre bouncing bopper action!

Kitsch & Sync

Carboot Disco Bingo

Carboot Disco Bingo is a collaboration between Megan Clark-Bagnall and Jasmine Loveys. Essentially, it’s an extravagant game of bingo incorporating fantastic disco dancing. Cross the numbers off your bingo card as they draw them out of the bingo ball machine, learn the disco dance moves for each number as they lead you through the game, and win yourselves some fabulous prizes out the back of their car boot!

Part dance lesson, part party, part performance, part bingo. Think Donna Summer hosting a party in the gala bingo hall! A game for all ages and abilities; Carboot Disco Bingo is about having fun together in the moment. Number 2… Electric Boogaloo!

Hyde Park Brass

Hyde Park Brass presents The Great Northern Assembly

Some acts make such an impression on the Deer Shed audience that we simply have no choice but to make them part of the festival furniture. This bunch of brass-tooting lunatics call themselves ‘the most flexible live party band in Leeds’ (we’ll go one further and say in all of Yorkshire).

A quick glance at their repertoire sees them ‘brassing up’ tunes from the likes of Beyonce and Chaka Khan, alongside a growing repertoire of audacious originals. To the sheer delight of Deer Shedders, Hyde Park Brass will once again pop up anywhere and everywhere around Baldersby Park this July. The feel good factor that goes with listening to this band is simply off the scale!

Manic Chord Theatre

Manic Chord Theatre

In a previously undiscovered part of Baldersby Park lies a wilderness. It’s a place of enchantment, of untouched beauty and untold opportunity. The laws of time, as mere mortals know them, become frivolous as we delve deeper into the forest. Walk through the woodland world alongside personified pendulums and the tick-tock of talking clocks, all telling of the mysterious disappearance of Old Father Time.

‘Our Time’ is a bespoke, interactive journey for all the family, presented by Deer Shed Festival in collaboration with Leeds-based theatre company, Manic Chord. Throughout the weekend, the Lewis Carroll-style characters of time may fly into other areas of the festival arena, to recruit willing Deer Shedders for an adventure through topsy-turvy time. How long is forever? Sometimes it can take just a second…

Pif-Paf presents Submercycle

Pif-Paf presents Submercycle

Come away with Pif-Paf theatre on a journey of your wildest dreams, aboard their famous traveling machine, the Submercycle! Choose a traveling companion, find the Departure Lounge and prepare for a magical marine mission.

Captain Calypso will be your guide on this aquatic adventure where Deer Shedders will voyage far beyond the waves to discover the denizens of the deep. Together we’ll weave unforgettable stories.

Pif-Paf presents Submercycle

Pif-Paf presents Celestial Sound Cloud

Interact with stars in distant galaxies and let the planets make waves of music, as you dance beneath the Celestial Sound Cloud. Play with the cloud to make you own music or lie back and be bathed in vibrant colour whilst your friends and family dance in its sonic wisdom.

Will a new star be awakened inside you? Pif-Paf are truly remarkable producers and performers of interactive, walkabout theatre and we’re delighted they’re returning to Baldersby Park with two very wavy shows!

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade brings artists into communities to create parades, festivals and stunning celebrations, with a talented team of carnival artists, puppeteers, makers and musicians based around Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd.

Basically, if you want a mind-blowing spectacle of incredibly crafted puppeteering magic, Handmade Parade are your peeps. They’ve kindly agreed to design us a totally new piece, perhaps of the giant sea creature variety, to splash up some serious waves at Deer Shed 9.

Levantes Dance Theatre

Levantes Dance Theatre

Levantes Dance Theatre will be returning to Baldersby Park having captivated Deer Shedders last year with their amazing theatrical dance walkabout act.

Eleni Edipidi and Bethanie Harrison formed the company over a decade ago. Since then, they have been wowing audiences (unsuspecting and otherwise) with a vast array of performances that use dance, acrobatics, stunning visuals and their trademark “twin” styling.

Levanted Dance Theatre

Sock Wrestling Federation

Socks out – Round 1! For the first time in history, the Sock Wrestling Federation is bringing their number one cotton-based combat sport to North Yorkshire.

SWF is the latest revolution in the wrestling world, with the simple aim of removing your opponent’s sock. Have a family dispute that needs sorting? No vendetta is too big to be resolved on the mat! Their commentators, on top of being simply hilarious, will talk impromptu tactics, inspiring you to take your garment game to the next level. Ding ding ding!

Sea Cadets

Same Difference presents Sea Cadets

Ahoy there, sailors! So you think you’ve got what it takes to be a sea cadet? At Deer Shed 9, we’ll put that unfounded confidence in your own maritime mad skills to the test. You’ll be embark on a totally true-to-life journey, without an ounce of silliness, through the ranks up to becoming captain of the ship.

Could you defend your fleet from the murderous, bloodthirsty smugglers attacking from beyond the Yorkshire coast? All hands on deck, Deer Shedders!

Spike and Sponge

Spike and Sponge presents Early Morning Rave

The dancing never stops at Deer Shed! Join Spike and Sponge for an early (or late, depending on whether you’ve been to bed yet) doors rave in the Big Top as they take you on a morning journey through an eclectic mix of disco, funk, soul and dance tunes.

Once you’re suitably limbered up, can your dancing match the legendary moves of Flash Atkins, a super hero who had his gravy days in the ‘80s saving the world through a rare ability to manipulate even the funkiest sound waves?

Wave Sessions

Spike and Sponge presents Wave Sessions

You might know your big fish, little fish, card board box, but could you bust an outrageous octopus or jive like a jellyfish on demand? I bet you didn’t even realise those moves existed! Well, at least now they do…

Luckily, at Deer Shed 9 we’ll be teaching you all the waviest dance crazes that were first bust at the bottom of the deep blue sea. Don your nautical dancing shoes for our wave sessions to learn from the world’s greatest 24-hour pelagic party people.

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