MidSummerland at Horn Fair

Dates and times

17th October 2021: 11:00, Hornfair at Charlton House & Gardens

For children aged 5+ and their adults


Welcome to MidSummerland at Horn Fair; a place to celebrate who we are, a place to dream of our futures.

It’s that time of year again. A time of festivals, and adventures, and food stalls, and too much excitement and not washing your feet, and plenty of time just to be you. Are you ready?

Plug your headphones in and grab your partner. Breathe In, press play and set off on an extraordinary adventure together. Take the Noodle Pathway, past the Cannonball Hedgehogs, through the Thoughtful Field and into the mysterious tent where your fortune will be told. Make sure to save enough energy for the grand finale – the annual trifle dance.

MidSummerland is an audio adventure for children and their adults to enjoy together. Using their trademark mix of comedy, dance and theatre, the award-winning Anatomical take you on an interactive journey of the imagination where your surroundings are the backdrop.

Created by Anatomical and producer Claire Summerfield for ArtsUnboxed, a Greenwich Dance initiative that aims to revolutionise the way dance is created and shared.

Who's Who

Anna Williams and Tom Roden jumping up with some children and cardboard boxes behind them


Anatomical are specialists in making interactive theatre performances for families. They are led by the award-winning performers and choreographers Anna Williams and Tom Roden. The hugely popular ‘The Doodle Dance Show’ is set around a giant piece of paper where the audience draw and dance their way through a magical story. In ‘The Buildy-uppy Dance Show’ the audience use hundreds of cardboard boxes to create an ever changing set for the show to inhabit.

Their shows have toured extensively with performances at The V&A, The Place, Greenwich Dance, ROH, Strike-a-light, Theatr Clwyd and arts centres and theatres around the UK. Their latest work – The Snowy Showy – is currently in a research phase and will be premiered at The Place, London in December 2021.

Tom Roden is co-director of international touring company New Art Club and an independent director working in theatre, dance and opera. Current projects include: Director of new creations by Stuart Waters and Viv Gordon, national tour of New Art Club’s ‘Cupid’s Revenge’.

Anna Williams is an award-winning performer and choreographer working in dance, live art and theatre. Her choreography has been nominated for a South Bank award. She regularly works as rehearsal director and collaborator with Russell Maliphant, Shobana Jeyasingh and New Art Club. She is a lecturer in Choreography and Creative Studies at NSCD.

Photo of The Buildy Uppy Show: Chris Nash