The Detective Dog for Libraries

For ages  


Bringing to life Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie’s well-loved story, The Detective Dog, for families in local spaces. This pop-up production toured libraries in Summer 2023.

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.  When the books at the school have disappeared one morning, Detective Dog Nell is ready to sniff out the culprit!  

Featuring captivating puppetry, surprising smells and toe-tapping live music, this unique and engaging theatrical experience celebrates libraries, books and the magic of reading.

THE DETECTIVE DOG (c) Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie 2016 – Macmillan Children’s Books

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

Composed by Jack Drewry

Puppet Design by Jess Jones

Performed by Tessa Bide and Mary Johnson

Production Photography by Paul Blakemore

Trailer by Sam Cleverly

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