Our internationally acclaimed production, Chalk About was created for young audiences aged 8+ and is a playful, funny and sometimes moving look at how we see ourselves and others featuring dance, chalk, chat and one perfect scene containing everything you could wish for…

Turning the stage into a gigantic chalkboard, Chalk About explores the nature of identity and asks some BIG questions: What makes us who we are? Is it where we are from? How we talk?  Our pasts or our futures? Or is it the way we dance?

Come on a journey to see how two performers find new and inventive ways to share their stories in this joyous and thought-provoking show that has been enjoyed across the globe by children and adults alike. Chalk About has been performed more than 130 times for over 7,000 people in 11 countries including prestigious venues and festivals such as the New Zealand International Festival, Sadler’s Wells (London) and Sydney Opera House.


'Some of the most brilliantly imaginative, humorous, touching theatre I have seen this year', ★★★★★ TIMES 

'in just 50 minutes, it leads its audience deep into the stuff of human identity, using movement and dialogue to discuss family and origins, nationality and gender, happiness, sadness and the way we express ourselves through the things we like, from pizza to disco music.' ★★★★ SCOTSMAN full article

'Both performers chat to us about themselves, their personal history, their likes and dislikes, with an affable honesty that is utterly engaging – but the real charm of their disclosures is where it takes young audiences in terms of thinking about how we all define ourselves, and how we make judgements about others based on appearances. There is a sophisticated, caringly-detailed process underpinning this generous-hearted show.' ★★★★ HERALD full article

'an imaginative and playful way of discovering ourselves through dance, chalk drawings, chat and audience interaction.' ★★★★ REVIEWS HUB full article

'as with all successful shows created for young audiences, there is enough nuance in the work that there is something thought-provoking for an eight year old, as well as for those many decades older.' ★★★★ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD full article

CHALK ABOUT  (for ages 8+)

Concept and Original Choreography: Christine Devaney and Leandro Kees (Performing Group, DE)

Performers: Christine Devaney/Holly Irving, Hendrik Lebon / Niels Weijer
Production Designer: Karen Tennent 
Dramaturgical Advisor: Moos van den Broek 
Sound Composer: Martin Rascher
Lighting Designer/Production Management: Tom Zwitserlood
Touring Production Manager: Yvonne Buskie/Lauren Desjardins
Costume Designer: Alison Brown
Photography: Eoin Carey & Tuur Uyttenhove

Chalk About was commissioned by Imaginate, supported through the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. Produced by Catalyst Dance Management and co-produced in association with Tanzhaus NRW [Dusseldorf] and The Work Room [Glasgow]. Supported by Fresh Tracks Europe and Artspace.

Touring availability: available for touring, please contact producer@curious-seed.co.uk
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Learning Pack PDF: click here

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Tour dates 2018:

1 May | Highlights, Cumbria – The Witham, Barnard Castle (In association with Rural Dance Touring Initiative/ National Rural Touring Forum)
12 May | Cheshire Rural Touring Arts – Whitby Hall, Ellesmere Port (In association with Rural Dance Touring Initiative/ National Rural Touring Forum)
13 May | Cambridge Junction
17 – 18 May | NEAT Scotland – Alford & Banff (In association with Rural Dance Touring Initiative/ National Rural Touring Forum)
26 May | Carn to Cove, Cornwall – Devoran Village Hall (In association with Rural Dance Touring Initiative/ National Rural Touring Forum)
27 May | Wiltshire Rural Arts – Neston Memorial Hall (In association with Rural Dance Touring Initiative/ National Rural Touring Forum)
31 May | Creative Arts East – Kings Lynn (In association with Rural Dance Touring Initiative/ National Rural Touring Forum)
1 June | Black Country Touring – Glasshouse Arts Centre, Stourbridge (In association with Rural Dance Touring Initiative/ National Rural Touring Forum)
2 June | Quarterhouse, Folkestone

Tour dates 2016:

New Zealand Festival
1 – 6 Mar | Hannah Playhouse, Wellington
8 Mar | Kuranui College, Greytown
9 Mar | Expressions Theatre, Upper Hutt  
10 Mar | Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua

29 Apr and 1 May | SWOP Festival, Roskilde Bibliotek, Denmark

26 - 28 Aug |Macao Cultural Center

Tour DATES 2015:

Australian tour

27 – 30 May | Come Out Festival, Adelaide, Australia
3 – 7 Jun | Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia
10 – 14 Jun | Sydney Opera House, Australia
17 – 18 Jun | Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, Australia

Pioneers of Performance Scotland tour

9 Sep | The Beacon, Greenock
12 Sep | Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
16 Sep | Lochgelly Arts Centre, Fife
19 Sep | Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
26 Sep | Macrobert, Stirling
30 Sep | Seall, Skye
3 Oct | Comar, Mull

Krokusfestival Flanders tour

17 Oct | CC Maasmechelen, Belgium
18 – 19 Oct | Kopigietery, Gent, Belgium
20 Oct | CC Westrand Dilbeek, Belgium
22 Oct | Casino Houthalen-Helchteren, Belgium
23–24 Oct | Cultuurcentrum, Hasselt, Belgium

Wales Dance Consortium tour

27 Oct | Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli
28 Oct | Theatr Harlech
29 Oct | Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwlelli
31 Oct | Taliesin, Swansea
4 Nov | Blackwood Miners
7 Nov | Riverfront, Newport

20 – 24 Nov | Ziguzajg Festival, Teatro Manoel, Valletta, Malta
2 Dec | Showbox Festival, Dansen Hus, Oslo, Norway


20 Feb | Krokusfestival, Hasselt, Belgium
16 May | Rise Dance Festival, Findhorn
20 – 24 May | Unicorn Theatre, London
31 Dec | Cultura Nova, Theatre Heerlen, Netherlands

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

1 – 24 Aug | Made in Scotland showcase, Summerhall, Edinburgh

MOKO tour

17 – 18 Oct | Greenwich Dance Agency, London
19 Oct | Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
22 – 23 Oct| Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln
25 Oct | The Point, Eastleigh
28 Oct | Brighton Dome, Brighton
29 – 30 Oct | Dance City, Newcastle
1 – 2 Nov | Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London
6 – 7 Nov | Key Theatre, Peterborough
8 Nov | Deda, Derby
9 Nov | Embrace Arts, Leicester
10 – 11 Nov | Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth
15 Nov | artsdepot, London
16 – 18 Nov | Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich
20 – 21 Nov | Circomedia | Bristol
22 Nov | Gulbenkian, Canterbury


8 – 13 May | Imaginate Festival 2013, North Edinburgh Arts Centre
23 – 25 Feb | Szene Bunte Wahne, Tanzquartier Vienna