By Tangled Feet and Rowan Tree

For 6-11 year olds 


We are all trying to work out our story. Who we are? How we are we shaped? Who made us? Sometimes you have to find the courage to be just you - the brilliant you.


Following the acclaimed Need a Little Help (“beautifully immersive production” The Family Stage) and Butterflies (“a truly transformative experience” Children’s Theatre Reviews) Tangled Feet present the World Premiere of their new show about how we all need somewhere to belong and someone to belong to.


Cleo is on a journey like no other. She’s trying to discover her past whilst attempting to stay on her feet in the present. Where has she been and when will she get back? Piles of clothes become sea creatures, dresses become parachutes and shadows dance as Cleo and two new friends find a place called home. 


Inspired by working with young people in Kent who don’t live with their birth parents, Belongings is the story of finding your feet, finding your playmates & imagining a new future.


Told with Tangled Feet’s unique blend of physicality, innovative design and original music, this is a show for anyone aged 6 and up who is looking to find where they fit in.


Please be aware that scenes within the play explore:
* children's feelings about not living with their birth families
* children's worries about their parents being unwell, unreliable or absent. 
We know some children may benefit from knowing in advance about these points or will have questions afterwards. If you need some ideas about how to answer their questions, the following may be helpful: 

all 7 dates

Past and Future

  • Jun 24th2022

    The Gulbenkian

    CT2 7NB, Canterbury -

  • Jun 17th2022

    Hat Factory Arts Centre

    LU1 2EY, Luton -

all 27 people


Audience feedback

“ I felt a sense of not being alone and like I was normal for the first time…made my heart warm. ” - Child feedback on work in progress performance - “ magic, absolute magic ” - Audience member - “ It made me really think about saying goodbye at the end of the school day ” - Headteacher - “ The show is fabulous and the actors are wonderful ” - Audience member - “ Fantastic acting. Really good to see these topics addressed thoughtfully in the theatre without 'traditional’ stereotypes. ” - Audience member - “ He (my son) was totally absorbed in the story. He enjoyed the audience interaction, the puppetry, and the parachute play ” - Audience member -

Reviews & Press

" So much more than theatre, Belongings is an outlet for therapy, a joyful celebration of childhood play, an articulation of resilience and a message that children in care can find their place in the world. "


" It’s brilliantly done, managing to be extremely relatable for children with no experience of the care system while giving them a rare insight into the reality of life in foster care. "


 " There are more than 92,000 children in care in the UK. They still face stigma and a lack of understanding… but one play aims to change that. "

 - The Big Issue

They supported this Production

Arts Council England
Rowan Tree Dramatherapy

Belongings Resource Pack

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Download: Belongings Resource Pack here



Aug 17th 2022

Belongings – Rowan Tree Dramatherapy

by Bryony Brooker & Justine Staley   An idea   First of all, I want to say I love my job and after working with Tangled Feet, I love my job with rejuvenated enthusiasm, a bag full of shiny tools, an insurmountable pride in our young co-creator team, and new possibilities of what we can bring to our work.   Just as a bit of background, Justine and I are directors of Rowan Tree Dramatherapy. Founded in 2013 as a Community Interest Company, we provide a Dramatherapy Service across Kent where we are committed and dedicated to working within the community to ensure Dramatherapy is both accessible and useful. We work extensively with young people, many of whom who do not live with their birth parents. Thanks to Children in Need, we have been able to offer fully funded group therapy each year for the past seven years to Children in Care. With each group, we create a space together that offers the potential to experience a sense of belonging that they have agency over moulding, shaping, and making their own. They have a voice, they are heard, and their feelings and emotions are validated. However, outside the therapy room, all too often these young people have had no choice and no voice, in what has happened in their past, and sometimes in their present, we always strive to support agency and wondered how could their voices become tangible?   Together, we tentatively considered how a piece of therapeutic theatre could be created and how this might look. We knew we did not have the knowledge or skill set to create the vision we had (it had to be spot on) and knew that it would take a theatre company that had great integrity and experience to pull this idea off.   

  • The most accessible and original theatre company working in the UK today”

    The most accessible and original theatre company working in the UK today”

    The Stage
  • Tangled Feet offer a glimpse of magic”

    Tangled Feet offer a glimpse of magic”

    Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
  • For Tangled Feet, theatre is a contact sport”

    For Tangled Feet, theatre is a contact sport”

    The Stage
  • Tangled Feet, the masters of physical theatre”

    Tangled Feet, the masters of physical theatre”

    The Independent
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