The Wilderwild at Deershed !


Deershed Festival 2021-2023


The Brief

We were approached by the team at Deershed in 2020 for inclusion in that Summer’s programme prior to the covid pandemic. The festival season was hit badly that Summer and in the end, Deershed had to postpone activities for the following Summer. Operating on a  reduced maximum capacity and with a limited entertainment offer, could we help to animate the Wilderwild area of the festival site with a programme of performances?


What We Did

Our approach was led by what would work best in the space and how we could manage audience demand safely, whatever the weather – festival ground can often get treacherous in poor weather. We devised a programme of activity – including our new covid-safe self-led adventure trail – Magical Kingdom, and in the round versions of the Woodland Creatures Theatre – plus some walkabout theatre in the main arena. Our highlight was performing Around the World in 80 Days in front of the main stage!


The Result

We were able to deliver all our events safely as programmed across the whole weekend – reaching hundreds of families – many of whom returned for more than one performance. We were able to manage audience demand through a sign-up system and protect the natural environment in the wilder areas of the festival ground – as well as having a cracking weekend! We were delighted to be asked back in 2022 and 2023 to animate some of the wilder areas of the festival!

Wilderwild at Deershed by Rusticus - in an interactive Rusticus Adventure

“The feedback we received from our audience has been really positive and so from all of us here at Deer Shed, thank you for making that possible.”

Kate, Deershed Festival

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