The Astonishing Vacuum Cleaner Adventure

“I didn’t like it, I LOVED it” child

“I just wanted to say Vacuum Cleaner Adventure was bloody brilliant! Everyone here is on the same page that it’s the best thing we’ve programmed for quite some time”
Fay Lamb, Chief Executive, Citadel Arts Centre

“EPIC” child

An adventure for 6-10 year olds and their grown-ups.

Developed with the support of Lancaster University and

UCLan engineering outreach experts, Leeds University’s  

Women in Engineering Society and primary schools in Leeds and Lancaster.

Commissioned by Lancaster Arts and Hear Me Roar 

(Lancaster’s feminist arts festival).

Remounted in co-production with The Dukes Lancaster for a Big Imaginations regional tour in Autumn 2018. 

Written and originally directed by artistic director Sarah Punshon

Remount director: Daniel Bye.

Originally performed by Simon Carroll-Jones and Rebecca Carrie and devised by the company and Jessica Hayles. The remount featured Kate Spencer as Sonia.

Design: Hannah Sibai

Lighting Design: David McBride

Sound Design: Elena Peña

Associate Sound Designer: Richard Bell

Supported by the Ernest Cook Trust, and public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Free engineering workshops reached 585 children across Lancashire, supported by the Ernest Cook Trust.

Pics: Darren Andrews


“Thoroughly enjoyed by staff and children, fantastic event for all who participated. Learning was very clear and done in a fun and engaging way.”
(Teacher comment, St Anne’s, Edgeside)

“The workshops fascinated the children and really sparked their imaginations.”
(Staff comment, The Boo)