Need a Little Help

A Tangled Feet and Half Moon co-production for 2-7s

A moving and uplifting show inspired by the experience of young carers

Need a Little Help 1 photo by Kamal Prashar-300Joe 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 do things alone. What will Ella do now? Will she be able to continue as before, or will it all get too much? If only she had a little help…

Based on the experiences of young carers, the piece explores what it means to look after someone else when you are young. In a playful and immersive space, the young audience will help the performers look after each other, stepping into the shoes of young carers.

Need a Little Help is a deeply moving and joyfully uplifting piece of interactive and physical theatre from award winning ensemble Tangled Feet, working in partnership with children’s theatre specialists, Half Moon.

This is a reworked version of the production that toured nationally in 2015, which was reconfigured for a tour in 2019 to be performed both in venues and in non-traditional venues, including community, libraries and school settings.

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We have a range of images and other assets available to promote the show, including a trailer and video content. Please download by using the following links:

Show trailer:
Video interview with Nathan Curry:

Performance Length

Performance lasts for 40 minutes followed by an informal play session.

Reviews / Feedback

“A cohesive, innovative, involving piece of storytelling.”
Children’s Theatre Review

Audience Feedback

“Rarely is children’s theatre as profound whilst joyously riveting as Need a Little Help.”
Audience member

“A wonderful production full of heart and carrying a really important message! Beautifully put together!”
Audience member

“A really extraordinary performance -an important show. Very emotional and perfectly pitched to the audience. Fantastic and faultless.”
Audience member

Touring Details

This show is available on request only for a series of consecutive gigs in one venue in the UK or overseas, or as part of a wider series of dates across schools/community venues etc. managed by one promoter/organisation.

Technical Requirements (venues)

  • Get-In: 1.5 hour before the first performance from when entering the empty space. Note that the van takes 45 minutes to unpack in addition.
  • Please note that a simple pre-rig to create an ambient within the performance space will be required.  All sound equipment is toured. There is no requirement for the in-house P.A. Lighting control is a toured Nomad so a DMX connection to the house dimmers is required to control the venue pre-rigged items that are part of the lighting design.
  • Get-Out: 1 hour once audience has left. Minimum of 2 hours between the start of shows (e.g. 11am & 1pm) if taking two shows on the same day.
  • Space Configuration: The performance takes place in a traverse layout in the open space with a carpet marking space with audiences sitting on either side of the carpeted area facing each other with a channel down the middle where the actors perform. At either end there is a door and some bookshelves. Cushions are provided for the children to sit on, but a 2nd row of benches / chairs should be provided by the hosting centre.
  • Dimensions of whole space needed is 10m length x 7.5m width, height 3m. Dimensions of the carpet is 7.m x 5.5m.
  • Up to a maximum of 80 audience members.
  • Staff: 1 designated adult to host / assist.
  • Parking for one long wheel base van.
  • A lockable room where the performers can change.

Technical Requirements (festivals, non-traditional spaces)

Note the company tours all equipment that is required and is as a result self-sufficient. No black out required. All information is as above except “Get-In” which is simpler at 1 hour before the first performance from when entering the empty space. Note that the van takes 45 minutes to unpack in addition.

We Provide

  • Dedicated support from the marketing/PR and technical team at Half Moon.
  • Print – amounts agreed at point of booking. We provide A5 colour flyers and A3 posters. (NB: overprinting will be at an additional cost).
  • Images and production photos for use within venue brochures or broader usage including digital.


On request. Please enquire.

Please note that any fees are subject to a small additional supplement if your venue makes a compulsory contra to us for your costs at the contracting stage (e.g. credit card/box office; get-in/out; marketing/brochure contributions).

Creative Learning Opportunities

For school audiences, the production is accompanied a Learning Resource and DVD for Primary Schools to talk about Young Carers in the classroom. Using filmed extracts, teachers are given written and practical activities for their students placing them in the shoes of Young Carers and encouraging them to use empathy, understanding when talking about the issue. Originally commissioned by West Sussex Council Young Carers Service. Please enquire for further information. In addition, Tangled Feet and Half Moon can offer bespoke workshops for groups on the themes of the performance or on the creation of original theatre.

For more details on this, please contact:   
Chris Elwell on 0207 709 8902 /
Sam Luffman on 020 7709 8901 /