The Herd Theatre make innovative new shows about the world young people live in today. At the heart of everything we make is a collaboration with a group of young people. We play, we create, we share and we listen to understand the experience of being young in 2019.
We believe that theatre for young people is theatre, and that young audiences deserve unique, challenging and entertaining experiences as much as any! We collaborate with exceptional artists to push the expectations of children’s theatre.
As well as shows for young people, we work with young people through additional projects exploring perspectives, experiences and imagination through workshops.
Lead Artists Ruby Thompson and Sam Caseley set up the company in 2015, and since then we’ve involved 230 young people directly in our creative process and we’ve reached an audience of over 15,000 children in Hull.
The Herd are the Associate Theatre Company of Hull Libraries (Hull Culture and Leisure) and an Affiliated Company with 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.
LEAD ARTIST/ DIRECTOR
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)
LEAD ARTIST/ WRITER COMPOSER
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 for The Herd and is currently working on How To Fly Like A Reindeer.
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 is currently appearing 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.
Natalie is a London based designer. She designed Ducklings for The Herd.
Other work includes Not Now Bernard and The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark (Unicorn). Natalie is currently on attachment with Talawa.
Finlay is an actor, facilitator and theatre maker based in Hull. Finlay is currently appearing as Caterpillar in SLIME
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)
Tess is a director and writer. For The Herd, she is directing How To Fly Like a Reindeer.
Other work includes The Things We Wouldn't Otherwise Find (Leeds Playhouse), Pamona (LAMDA), Tribute Acts (National Tour)
Stewart is a writer, director and dramaturg. For The Herd, he has dramaturged Ducklings:
Other work includes include Islander (Roundabout @Summerhall), Seesaw (Unicorn / Haya Arts Center / National Theatre of Greece), Phoenix and Turtle (Portsmouth Libraries / Little Angel) and Usagi Yojimbo (Southwark Playhouse).
Sophie is an actor and Theatre Maker. She is appearing in Ducklings with The Herd.
Sophie is a company member of Middle Child. Other work includes A Super Happy Story About Feeling Super Sad (Silent Uproar), Ten Storey Love Song (Middle Child)
Verity is an actor. She is appearing in Ducklings with The Herd.
Other work includes Come What May (Old Red Lion), CICIDAS, The Tron (Playwright Studio Scotland), A Christmas Carol (The Cumbernauld Theatre), Troilus and Cressida (The Globe, Education)
Xsara-Sheneille is an actor. She is appearing in Ducklings with The Herd.
Other work includes Luminosity (HOME), Taming of the Shrew and The last days of Judas Iscariot (Manchester School of Theatre).