Inside the Green Room: Belongings tells a critical story

Belongings is a collaboration to reveal an untold story

Belongings at its heart is a joyful drama for 7-11-year-olds that explores empathy through play, allowing the vital story of children in care to become a relatable and thought-provoking experience for budding minds.

Watch the trailer to see how visuals and set design create an immersive storytelling journey.

Read the interview with Nathan Curry, Co-Artistic Director of Tangled Feet, to find out more about the show, which comes to Exeter Northcott on Wed 3 April.

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‘Uplifting. Enriching. Beautiful.’

Director Nathan Curry’s three words that best explain Belongings

The Journey of Belongings’ creation

Who are Tangled Feet and Rowan Tree and how did this collaboration come about?

Tangled Feet is a physical theatre company that creates inspiring, joyful, and thought-provoking performances in theatres, high streets, schools, shops, fields, and… in fact, anywhere there are people. Rowan Tree is a Dramatherapy organisation that uses drama as a tool to process complex childhood experiences.’

Three individuals in a cosy, makeshift tent engaged in a casual conversation.
A person sits in front of a tent in the dark.

What was the process of making Belongings?

Belongings was made over a long period of research, development, workshops and test performances. The piece was co-created with the help of children who had experienced growing up away from their birth families, and they supported the actors and creative team to create a show that celebrated how they’ve had to step into their power and own their own story. One of the major things to come out of the creative process was that there are many themes in a story about growing up in care – identity, friendship, the power of creativity, resilience and building new connections – that all children can relate to.

During the process, we played with a set that the actors could climb and spin on, different design ideas, using costumes and dressing up, and games that explore missing people in safe and creative ways — all with the aim of creating something very visual and accessible.’


What can audiences expect from seeing Belongings?

Belongings follows the meeting of three children who are all growing up away from their birth families. The children support each other and play games to understand how their identity is their superpower. The show is about understanding who you are, how your identity is made, and becoming the real (brilliant) you.

The show is lots of fun, and we’ve had excellent feedback from our young audiences on how much they love to see the characters playing with each other and creating new games and imaginary landscapes. The characters are super relatable, and the actors are brilliant at portraying the energy and wit of children.’

Two people hold aloft a backlit parachute above them while another person in the middle under the parachute dances.
A person who has their eyes closed and is looking reflective is reaching out their hand towards a shadowed larger hand behind a blue backlit curtain.

‘The show is very visual and physical, with a brilliant original soundtrack. There is lots to look at, and the actors climb, dance and jump around the set and each other. The design of the show is a large part of how the story is told using visual metaphors and costumes.

We’ve heard from audiences that it warms their hearts, makes them understand and think about different people’s lives and is very funny for anyone aged 7-77!’



Without giving too much away, what is your favourite moment in the show?

‘There are so many! The children in the audience getting to be involved at the end is definitely a highlight (spoiler alert!). My top moment is when the character of Leila and the character of Cleo finally connect. They haven’t completely got on with each other up until this point and they share a hug, share a worry and then create a way forward. It’s lovely.’

A group of silhouetted people holding aloft a large orange parachute in the dark.
A person is standing on a dark stage in front of a large piece of cloth in the shape of a ghost lit by bright blue and orange light.

Why should you see Belongings?

‘In the words of the reviewers, it’s brilliant! It is also relatable and accessible no matter what your family background. I think it offers families a safe space to show how sometimes you have to learn to love and accept yourself before things can really change. I also think people should come because it’s beautiful to look at (the design is awesome) and it has an incredible soundtrack.’




Belongings will be performed at Northcott theatre on Wed 3 Apr at 6:00 PM


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