The Shouting Mute – aka Dave Young – is working with PDSW to review our online and live shows over the next 12 months.

We are delighted to present his first reviews of Night Tree by Second Hand dance which is making it’s online premiere this weekend.


Night Tree by Second Hand Dance is a stunningly beautiful winter adventure.

This wonderful journey into the woods is joyful to watch. It will make for a magical evening’s viewing. A beautiful film exploring the life of a woodland, Night Tree has a captivating musical score, which sets the scene perfectly with brilliant audio description and captions. It will be filling everyone with wonder.

All of the performances are delightful.


Let’s go on a journey into the woods.

Let’s magnificently play with pine cones and trees.

Make puppet people sitting on logs.

A fantastical trip in search of our tree.

What is this?

A deer dancing out of a tree.

One hoof after another.

Beautiful animals dancing with nature.

The sun is setting, so let’s find our tree.

Owls hooting, wonderfully swooping, welcoming in the night.

On with our search.


A beautiful tree.

Let’s dress it up with bountiful things.

Popcorn, garlands, seed cakes and suet balls and twinkling lights to sparkle and shine.

A magnificent feast for all to see.

Tiptoe away as our journey is done.

Here’s more about Dave and his work –

‘I am a performance poet and artist. I consider myself an activist in the promotion of inclusive theatre practices. I promote self expression and creativity in everyone and by working inclusively I aim to show that the arts belong to us all. I strive to raise expectations of the capabilities of disabled people and those marginalised by society. I celebrate a culture of inclusion within my work and believe that through the arts everyone can have a voice to recount their stories and experiences in this world. I hope others see me as a role model whereby my positive actions and character help to create a more inclusive culture in the future’

– Click to visit The Shouting Mute website

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