Dance Teams Wanted!

We are touring once more and we want your dance group!

We have seen over 150 dance groups join us at our ‘Lock In’, ‘Demon Barbers XL’ and most recently our ‘Lock In Christmas Carol’ performances and we are on the lookout once again!

If you are dance group (Morris, Hip Hop, Clog, Sword, Appalachian, Street… any style) we’d love you to come down to one of our shows listed below and be a part of our pre-show dance display. Over 2000 dancers have performed in our displays in the past, bringing their high energy and fun vibes to kick off the evening!

We really appreciate all the support we get from local dance groups and would be delighted to feature each display group on our website. There is no pressure to stay and watch our show, however we can offer discounted tickets for many of the venues.

If this is something your dance group would like to be involved in please contact Laura at, we look forward to hearing from you!


The Demon Barbers XL ‘Disco at the Tavern’

11th Mar          Blackheath Halls

28th Jul           Kings Lynn Festival


The Lock In ‘Remixed’

12th May          Theatre Royal Wakefield

13th Aug           Artrix Bromsgrove

The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’ photo gallery

Our new photo gallery is up! We had such a blast visiting theatres and spreading festive cheer up and down the country with our debut tour of The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’. But just in case you missed it, you can check out all the snap shots from our tour here. Huge thanks go out to the very talented, Bryan Ledgard, who took these wonderful photos. Bryan is an incredible photographer, designer and artist, you can find more of his work on his new website. Bryan has supported our work for many years, helping us to publicise and promote our productions. He snapped our very first tour of The Lock In back in 2011 and has continued to support us by photographing many of our shows since. Bryan Ledgard, you are a legend!

The Lock In ‘Remixed’ Featuring The Demon Barbers

***** WhatsOnStage.Com

***** The List (Edinburgh Fringe)

****  The Telegraph

**** The Independent


Fresh from our sell out performances of The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’, we are returning to Ye Olde Fighting Cocks for a comical new take on the original ‘Lock In’!

With live music by The Demon Barbers, we will be bringing some of the UK’s oldest forms of dance bang up to date with some of the youngest, in a lively celebration of dance culture.

A group of hip hop dancers arrive at an apparently deserted pub but local rumour has it that this tumble-down inn is frequented by other worldly characters and as the regulars arrive, a clash of cultures soon turns into a dance floor stand-off.

Meanwhile The Demon Barbers, take English Folk music on a new journey with Hip Hop, House, Funk, Disco and even says hello to Drum & Bass and Ska along the way!

Join us for a night of high energy live music and dance and a little more besides!


Dates confirmed so far;

Friday 12th May Wakefield Theatre Royal

Saturday 12th August Broadstairs Folk Week

Sunday 13th August Artrix Bromsgrove


More dates to come!

Stacey Sampson & The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’

The festival season is coming to a close and the nights are drawing in, but there’s no sign of hibernation for The Demon Barbers and The Lock In Dance Show!

That’s right, we’re currently focusing all our efforts on our Dickens inspired The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’ in which the land lady of the Olde Fighting Cocks pub, Jazmineezer Scrooge, is threatening to relaunch her much loved folk and hip hop venue as the garish, noisy and unpopular ‘Oompah Techno Bar’.

Those of you that have seen the Lock In will know that it’s a music and dance show exploring the clash and eventual fusion of traditional and contemporary dance styles. On deciding to make a Christmas version of the show we thought the story should play a much more important role and that Dickens’ classic tale would be perfect for festive family audiences. With that in mind we set out to find a script writer.

We recently made a pilot for our Children’s show ‘The Sleepover’ and spent a day workshopping with Wendy Harris – artistic director of children’s theatre company ‘Tutti Frutti’ and she put us in touch with writer and actress Stacey Sampson.

Stacey has worked in television and theatre for over fifteen years. She appeared as Jennifer in the hit TV show ‘This Is England’ and throughout this time worked as a drama practitioner, leading workshops in many settings including primary schools, libraries, young offender programmes and sheltered housing units. This work often required her to write bespoke scripts for the groups she was working with and eventually writing became the main focus of her career.

We met up with Stacey and spent the day trading ideas and storyboarding the show. She was keen to get stuck in and after a couple of days we were presented with a wonderfully magical and poetic script.

So we have the story, the cast, the music and the moves. Now it’s time to put it all together and create our festive frenzy – The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’

Check us out at a theatre near you!

The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’ full tour announced


New festive show coming this year!

Half gig, half dance show and half panto! Join the BBC Award Winning team of musicians & dancers for 150% of the very best festive live music, song and dance!

It’s Christmas Eve and the regulars of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks are excited about the night ahead, it’s going to be the Folk & Hip Hop party of the year! To their dismay the landlady, Jasmineezer Scrooge, has more profitable ambitions and is preparing to launch her new garish and unpopular ‘Oompah Techno Bar’. Cheap alco-pops, seedy lighting and mind-numbing bass beats are all in danger of alienating the local community and ruining Christmas! Fortunately, some insightful souls are at hand to lead her back to her senses.

Featuring ‘folk powerhouse’ The Demon Barbers; artists from Breaking Tradition Dance Company; a new seasonal repertoire and a ‘slightly unhinged’ approach to their family friendly stage shows, they are ‘guaranteed to raise weary spirits and send an audience home smiling’! The Telegraph

“Some shows demonstrate great skill and technique, some offer strong musicianship, and some create the kind of atmosphere and energy that leaves you high on life. The Lock In does all three” The List (Edinburgh Fringe)

‘A full-on show of such blazing energy and joyous ingenuity you scarcely ponder on the apparent madness of trying to marry folk dance and hip hop’ The Independent

‘The Lock In is infectious and gets under your skin to the extent you stop analysing and start just enjoying. Certainly the best night out in town’


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"The Demon Barbers' hip hop and folk fusion raises the roof"

The List (Edinburgh Fringe)


"Folk and hip-hop unite to stunning effect"

The Independent