Pipes and Poo

an interactive family game-show adventure. With gunge.

A lot of pipes. A slightly terrifying quantity of water and sludge. A bunch of helpful kids. What could possibly go wrong?


Less than 1% of UK plumbers are women. Only 10% of girls aged 10 aspire to be engineers. Our rivers are full of chemicals and our pipes are full of wet wipes.


We think there may be a problem. We think we might need to make a big stinky mess.


Can you help? 


A new show for everyone aged 5 and up exploring the chemistry and engineering of creating and transporting clean water. With interactive dance moves, competitive pipe games, and gunge. Designed for outdoor festivals and events. 


With optional Walkabout Plumbers and/or stay-and-play pipes. 


           “honestly one of the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen in years

Audience feedback on Curious Investigators


Creative Team

Sarah Punshon is founding Artistic Director of One Tenth Human. For One Tenth Human she has co-created Arthur (Edinburgh Fringe 2019, Fringe First), Curious Investigators Digital (Big Imaginations) and national tours of We’re Stuck! (Shoreditch Town Hall / Z-arts / China Plate), The Astonishing Vacuum Cleaner Adventure (Lancaster Arts / Hear Me Roar) and Curious Investigators (Big Imaginations).

Toni-Dee Paul is a freelance theatre maker, writer and performance artist exploring identity politics through solo works and installations made with “infectious warmth” (Exeunt). Her current body of work features collaborations with children, messy food, and sometimes with her dad. Since 2015, Toni-Dee has created Fuel Theatre commissions, contributed to climate project Hello X, and presented in festivals like Sick!, Queer Migrant Takeover, and Works Ahead. They facilitate workshops building confidence and performance skills for youth. Toni-Dee serves as an Artist Associate for Selina Thompson Ltd and Associate Artist for One Tenth Human. Whether collaborating with companies or their dad, her practice promotes inclusivity.

Stuart Bowden trained in acting at Contact Theatre, Manchester, then gained a first-class degree at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Stuart is a regular workshop leader & performer with Bakehouse, who specialise in site-specific theatrical productions. He recently choreographed The Jungle Book (Oldham Coliseum), which Sarah Punshon directed.

Supported by Royal Society of Chemistry