"The story of a little girl and a newly-hatched dinosaur has a spellbinding effect in Spike!"

★ ★ ★ ★ Joyce McMillan The Scotsman

The whole performance was magical and educational. The movement on stage was so beautiful.

Audience member 2021 tour

Starcatchers presents SPIKE! – a dinosaur caper by Andy Cannon and David Trouton

SPIKE! a dinosaur caper

Mary Anne lives in an ordinary little town
with an extraordinary museum.
rockets and planes
boats and trains
tigers and sloths
butterflies and moths
and a dinosaur egg………

A wonderful tale of a little girl, her grandmother and her favourite dinosaur, SPIKE! a dinosaur caper is powerfully told through theatrical storytelling and dance.

Join Spike for a magical story about the passing of time and the tales that bring families together, all set to original music.

The story was easy to understand and follow for my 5 year old. I didn’t feel like I had to explain the scene. He recognised the different dinosaur names and loved that they sat on the floor up close to the cast. The sound effects and story-telling was beautifully done.” Audience member, 2021 tour 

Creative Team

Lead artist / concept and creation – Andy Cannon
Composer – David Trouton
Creative Movement Adviser – Ethelinda Lashley-Scott
Designer – Becky Minto
Design Associate and Costume Supervisor – Megan Adair
Lighting Designer – Suzie Normand

Performers – Jennifer Steele, Monica De Ioanni and Louise Montgomery

Production Management – Michael Graham and Sophie Wright
Stage Manager – Suzie Normand

With thanks to Brian Hartley, Catherine Wilson Garry and the children of Canal View and Greengables nurseries, who took part in the early development of Spike.

Spike toured to:


Perth Theatre | 10 & 11 June
The Byre Theatre, St Andrews Wed 8 June
Cumbernauld Theatre at Lanternhouse |  Sat 4 June
Traverse Theatre | 31 May & 1 June
Catstrand, as part of Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival | 28 & 29 May
Centrestage, Kilmarnock | 24 & 25 May
Regal Reconnect, Bathgate | 18 & 19 May


Beacon Arts Centre | 23 – 24 October
The Brunton | 19 – 20 October
Aberdeen Music Hall | 14 – 16 October
Eden Court | 9 – 11 October
Birnam Arts | 5 October
Macrobert Arts Theatre | 30 Sept – 2 October

Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland's Touring Fund