The Herd bring children, young people and families together in playful spaces to watch and share stories.
Our work explores what it’s like to be young, the good bits and the hard bits. We believe that children and young people deserve art that respects their rich, complex lives, and that by reflecting how children and young people see the world, we allow adults to view their own worlds differently.
Through shows and projects we tell new stories in memorable ways. We always invite our audiences and participants to play, because we believe that play is the best way of engaging in the world.
We welcome everyone into our work, whoever they are, wherever they’re from, however much money they have in their pocket.
Come play, join The Herd.
The Herd was run by founders Ruby Thompson and Sam Caseley. The Herd are Associates at Back to Ours and Hull Libraries, and are an Affiliated Company at Hull Truck Theatre.
Ruby is a Theatre Director from Hull and co-runs The Herd. Ruby has directed 4 of The Herd's shows - Ducklings, SLIME, Wired Differently and Ten Foot Tales.
Other work includes Bump at Kiln Theatre, Transmission Space at The Yard Theatre, Take the Stage for Donmar Warehouse, and Happy Birthday Without You for Tricycle Theatre and Paines Plough's Roundabout.
Sam is a writer and composer and co-runs The Herd. Sam has written and composed music for three of The Herd's shows - SLIME, Ducklings and How To Fly Like A Reindeer.
Other work includes Poda Poda (Hull Truck / British Council) and Participatory work with Croydon Council.
Rūta is a Latvian designer based in London. Rūta has designed SLIME and How To Fly Like a Reindeer for The Herd.
Other work includes A New Order (The Yard / Live Drafts), And The Rest of Me Floats (Birmingham Rep/ Bush), Girl Meets Boy (The Yard / First Drafts), Sea Fret (Old Red Lion), Open Court (Royal Court), Mumburger.
Lucy is a multidisciplinary artist - performer, writer, director, movement director. Lucy performed as slug in SLIME.
Lucy is the co-founder of Theatre with Legs, Associate Director at Curly Tales Theatre and Creative Programmer at live arts venue The Brick Box Rooms in Bradford.
Finlay is an actor, facilitator and theatre maker based in Hull. Finlay performed as Caterpillar in SLIME and Casper in How to Fly Like a Reindeer.
Other work includes GREAT ADVENTURES IN STORYLAND (Hull Truck Theatre), Jackself in THE BLACKWOOD (Jacob Polley/BBC Contains Strong Language), Joseph in BATHWATER (Vicky Foster/BBC Radio 4).
Jason is a Hull Based Lighting Designer and the ALD Lumiere 2018. Jason has designed SLIME and Wired Differently for The Herd.
Other work includes The Baron in the Trees (Lost in Translation Circus) Humbug, The Hedgehog Who Couldn't Sleep (Dumbshow and Nuffield Southhampton)