The Detective Dog

Three performers with dog puppet, reading the book "The Detective Dog"

For ages  


Our accessible and imaginative adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s award winning book, The Detective Dog, features puppetry, song and magical scent technology, bringing the story alive on stage for audiences of all ages.

Whether it’s finding a lost shoe or discovering who did a poo on the new gravel path, Nell’s ever-sniffing nose is always hard at work. So when the books at her owner Peter’s school have disappeared one morning, Detective Dog Nell is ready to sniff out the culprit!


This production sees us exploring new ways of working to create innovative and accessible theatre. The show is accessible to D/deaf children and their families by using clever dynamic captions and incorporated British Sign Language. We’re working with some brilliant Deaf artists to make sure that the show reflects the needs of the D/deaf community.


We'll be touring in Spring 2025. If you’re interested in booking the show for your venue, please get in touch.

Creative Team

Written by Julia Donaldson and Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Adapted and Produced by Tessa Bide Productions

Directed by Peta Maurice

Designed by Katie Sykes & Ruby Brown

Composed by Jack Drewry

BSL Consultancy by Jonny Cotsen

Video Design by Ben Glover

Puppet Design by Jess Jones

R&D Performers: Adam Bassett, Tessa Bide & Anna Rathbone

Library Tour

We made a smaller version of this show, which toured libraries in the South of England in Summer 2023. Find out more about the Library show.

Photo credit to Paul Blakemore.

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