Nik Paget-Tomlinson & Hazel Darwin-Edwards

Nik Paget-Tomlinson is a musician, composer and sound designer. From 2012 – 2014 Nik was artist in residence with Starcatchers, during which time he created the interactive sound installation Sonic Playground and the theatre piece Too Many Cooks.

Hazel Darwin-Edwards has worked on several projects and residencies with Starcatchers as a theatre maker, performer and puppeteer. Most recently she has been co-leading a project called Expecting Something with parents under 25 and their babies, and also delivering workshops across Scotland for adults who work with Early Years as part of their Creative Skills Programme.

The Production

Welcome to the world’s noisiest kitchen, where everything is not as it seems. Two cooks are preparing a special dish… it’s very loud and very messy and very… musical?

An inventive, playful and sensory experience for 2-5 year olds, where pots and pans cook up melodies and food becomes fun.

Too Many Cooks was created as part of the Playground Residency Project in 2013, developed from artist Nik Paget-Thomlinson’s time in residency at McCready Nursery, East Renfrewshire.

The Playground, saw two artists embedded in two communities in Scotland, Barrhead in East Renfrewshire and Hamilton in South Lanarkshire. In partnership with Renfrewshire Council and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, Jen Edgar and Nik Paget-Thomlinson were selected to work in these communities, engaging with very young children in nurseries and community centres to explore, play and create experiences for this age range and their carers. To conclude the project, both artists produced a performance.

Read Nik’s BLOG

Audience Feedback

“They both loved it! Completely engaged throughout.


“I loved it too. Very entertaining and so enjoyable to watch my children’s reactions.


“Yes, it was great to see a kids show that had so much attention to details and was of a high standard.


“The music and using kitchen utensils – all very familiar objects to kids.



Tour 2013

Friday 5 July | Eastwood Park Early Years Festival: Greenbank Gardens, off Flenders Road, Clarkston

Saturday 6 July | Eastwood Park Early Years Festival: Auchenback Resource Centre (ARC)

Sunday 7 July | Eastwood Park Early Years Festival: Eastwood Park Theatre

Wednesday 10 July | Platform

Thursday 11 July | Carnegie Hall

Tuesday 16 July | The Town House, Hamilton

Wednesday 17 July | Rutherglen Town Hall

Friday 19 July | ArtSpace, Craigmillar

Tuesday 23 July | East Kilbride Arts Centre

Wednesday 24 July | Lanark Memorial Hall

Thursday 25 July | Mearns Library

Friday 26 July | Eaglesham Library

Saturday 28 September | Wigtown Book Festival Children’s Marquee


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