A squishy, squelchy play about slime has been made into a book

Illustrator Shoo Rayner (left) and writer Sam Caseley from The Herd. Photo: Jerome Whittingham

SLIME, a much-loved play by Hull theatre company, The Herd, has been made into a book. Slug, Caterpillar and a whole load of slime have journeyed from the stage into the pages of a book, with the help of illustrator Shoo Rayner, who has captured the story in a fantastically colourful book. 

Ahead of The Herd’s performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later this summer, Slime the book was launched at The Big Malarkey Festival last month in partnership with Hull Libraries and Shoo Rayner. It is now available to borrow at all of Hull’s libraries as well as to buy in bookshops and online, giving families the opportunity to experience the hilarious escapades of Slug and Caterpillar at home.

The Herd Theatre began life creating a show for Hull Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge in 2015 and have since gone on to become the Libraries’ first Associate Theatre Company, a partnership rooted in the shared values of inspiring children and young people through art, and ensuring that stories and performance are accessible to everyone. 

Michelle Alford, Director of Hull Libraries, said: “We’re so proud to launch Slime the book and to bring characters created here in Hull to life.”     

Created by Ruby Thompson and Sam Caseley, The Herd is dedicated to making loud and innovative shows about the world that young people live in today, with a large focus on accessibility and interactivity.

Slime writer Sam Caseley, said: “It’s been such a joy to take SLIME from show to book, and working with Shoo Rayner to do this has been great. We’re excited that for families who are coming to see the show, or have already seen the show, their SLIME adventure can now continue at home.”

Made in collaboration with Hull Culture and Leisure Library Service, Slime was supported by Arts Council England, Hull City Council, Hull Truck Theatre and James Reckitt Library Trust. A playful, funny and surreal performance for children aged between two and five, the immersive play has since performed at Hull Libraries, Hull Truck, Back To Ours before touring to Edinburgh this summer.  

Launched at the Big Malarkey Festival, Slime the book is now available to borrow from Hull Libraries as well as to bookshops and online.  

If you haven’t seen Slime yet, a performance will take place tomorrow (Saturday 13 July) at 12.30pm at Hull Truck Theatre. Visit www.hulltruck.co.uk for tickets. 

[Laura Andrew – Home PR]

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