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Seeking new ways of making art for young people during the COVID-19 crisis, The Knotted Project were funded by Arts Council England to create Inside the Igloo, in partnership with Hawk Dance Theatre.

Alongside our exceptional creative team behind this interactive platform, The Knotted Project & Hawk Dance Theatre, are passionate about enriching the lives of young people through the arts.

Our existing children’s dance theatre production Outside the Igloo, tours to theatres around the UK, encouraging children to get outdoors and explore beyond their screens, seeing the world through their own eyes. In March 2020, life as we knew it changed and the nation entered a period of lockdown; young people and their families restricted to a life indoors.

Inspired by this turbulent time, our illustrated story and interactive website, aims to engage and inspire every child and family through a wide range of art forms, challenges and skills. For us, imagination and creativity is the key!

We hope that this resource will refuel and refresh parents with exciting new ideas to keep their children creative! We strongly believe that adventure can be found indoors and outdoors, on and offline, and hope that this website can help each child take a step further towards their next adventure.

Simon, Natalie & Josh


We are extremely grateful that this project was supported using public funding by Arts Council England through their emergency response funding during the Covid-19 crisis.

Creative Team

Created by The Knotted Project and Hawk Dance Theatre.

Inside The Igloo

Written by Simon McElligott, Natalie Morrell and Josh Hawkins

Illustrated by Mark Bird

Web design by Adam Beecham

Composition and Sound design by Lee Affen

Audio Book recording by Zane Burkmar

Artist Videos created and presented by:

Adam Oliver
Adam Ali
Ameena Nur
Caoife Turner
Clare Eccles
Emily Edwards
Emily Yong
Helen Andrew
Josie Cerise
Leanne Horsey
Maiya Leeke
Matilda O’Grady
Mithun Gill
Rhiannon Doyle
Rosie Barber
Zane Burkmar