Hull Libraries and The Herd, who make theatre with and for young people, launch



Hull Libraries has announced that The Herd will be its first ever Associate Theatre Company. This
partnership is rooted in the organisations shared values - of inspiring children and young people
through the arts, and ensuring stories and performance are accessible to everyone.


This two-year residency will include:
Co-productions between The Herd and Hull Libraries, including shows that will be performed in
Hull Libraries spaces.

An exciting first co-production to be announced soon.

As part of their theatre making process The Herd work with young people and document their
experiences and stories. This material will go into Hull Libraries’ Archive Project - Untold Hull.
The Herd will be delivering drama and arts workshops with the Library for special events and

This partnership continues a fruitful relationship between The Herd and Hull Libraries. In 2015 and
2016 The Herd undertook the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge Play Commission, creating
shows that were seen by over 13,000 children in the city. Untold Hull supported The Herd’s 2016
show for Assemble Fest, Square Patties and Other Scraps, which included recording the childhood
memories of older residents of Newland Avenue for the Archive. The Herd’s play for Hull UK City
of Culture 2017, Wired Differently, is also part of the Untold Hull Archive.

The Herd’s Co-Artistic Director, Sam Caseley, said: “We’re thrilled to be associates at Hull
Libraries. As a company we draw creativity, ideas and inspiration from young people and the
libraries are a great, inclusive network to reach young people all over the city. The libraries do such
great work in that area, from their Children’s Libraries to The Big Malarkey Festival, and we’re very
excited to be part of that.”

Principal Librarian, Christine Hill, said: “Hull Culture and Leisure Library Service is extremely pleased
to be working with The Herd and to have them as associates. They have done excellent work for
us in the past and have always been great advocates of libraries. This is an exciting new project
for the library service and in the next two years there will be some exciting projects, performances
and activities.”