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.


The Herd is run by founders Ruby Thompson and Sam Caseley.

We're associates at Back To Ours

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And affiliated at Hull Truck


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Ruby is a Theatre Director and co-runs The Herd. Ruby directs our shows and comes up with ideas for our shows and projects. 

Other directing credits for the Kiln Theatre, The Yard Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, and Paines Plough's Roundabout. Ruby has devised and led drama workshops at Leeds Playhouse, The National Theatre, The Yard, Women in Football and Donmar Warehouse. 

Ruby is the Vice-Chair of Governors for Sidmouth Primary School Hull. 


Sam is a writer and composer, and co-runs The Herd. Sam wrote and scored SLIME, Ducklings and How to Fly Like a Reindeer. He is currently writing The Last Dinosaur. Sam wrote the SLIME book with Shoo Rayner and co-created Wired Differently, Ten Foot Tales and Square Patties. He was project lead on Combo Collective and Wires Crossed. 

Other work includes his role as writer and performer on British Council Sierra Leone Exchange Project, Poda Poda and Project Lead on a weekly arts project for young people with Learning Disabilities for Croydon Council. Sam is a trustee of Corali Dance Company, leaders in dance created by people with a Learning Disability.



Rūta is a designer working on projects across theatre and art and often designs for unusual spaces.


For The Herd Rūta has designed Slime and How To Fly Like A Reindeer. 


Other design work includes Primetime and Open Court at the Royal Court Theatre, And The Rest Of Me Floats at the Bush Theatre,  Hotter and  Fitter at the Soho Theatre and Blink with Emergency Exit Arts.


Lucy is a multidisciplinary artist and works as a performer, writer, director and movement director. Lucy performed as slug in SLIME.


Lucy is the co-founder of Theatre with Legs, and other works include: Director of Fat Girls Don't Dance and Essex Girl by Maria Furgeson, movement direction on SEXY by Vanessa Kisuule, actor and creator of Skate Hard Turn Left, performed at Battersea Arts Centre, and actor in Crumbles Search For Christmas, performed at Leeds Playhouse. 


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 Joseph in BATHWATER (Vicky Foster/BBC Radio 4), Jackself in THE BLACKWOOD (Jacob Polley/BBC Contains Strong Language), Tom in BERYL, George in GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM (East Riding Theatre) and Finlay in GREAT ADVENTURES IN STORYLAND (Hull Truck Theatre).


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 Beauty and the Beast (Jordan Productions,
Gordan Craig Theatre Stevenage) Nominated for Best Lighting Design –
Great British Pantomime Awards 2020, Henry Moon and the Greasy
Spoon (Rhubarb Theatre UK Tour), The Baron in the Trees (Lost in
Translation Circus), Farewell My Lonely (Hull Truck Theatre),
Humbug, The Hedgehog Who Couldn't Sleep (Dumbshow and NST


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Naqiya is Chief Operating Officer of Seenaryo, a theatre and play-based learning charity working in Lebanon & Jordan. Naqiya co-created the Seenaryo Playkit, an app for early years teachers.



Eleanor is a facilitator, voice and dialect coach and theatre maker based in Leeds. Eleanor is currently Senior Young People’s Officer at Leeds Playhouse. 



Ann-Marie works in fundraising, helping to raise money that makes lots of exciting work happen.  She’s worked in different theatres, libraries, heritage attractions and universities.



Sophie is an actor originally from Lancashire, now based in East London. Sophie performed as Spruce in The Ugly Duckling Christmas Special at Hull Truck Theatre.  Work includes; GET HAPPY (Told by an Idiot/GDIF), QUALITY STREET (Northern Broadsides/UK Tour), JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (Oldham Coliseum), ONE HUNDRED TRILLION (Old Vic Workrooms). 


Sophie is part of the acting department at Emil Dale Academy, and teaches online improvisation classes for the charity Carevisions. 

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Andrew worked as Headteacher of Mcmillan Nursery School in North Hull, until his recent retirement. Andrew is a champion of the development of arts projects for Early Years, made in collaboration with young children. 


Jamie works in Development for Gaumont a TV production company who make drama in the UK and internationally. Jamie creates shows and works with writers to get shows made. 

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CHILD PROTECTION - Read our Child Protection Policy here.

Ruby Thompson is The Herd's Designated Safeguarding Officer, and is accredited by the NSPCC.

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY - Read our Equality and Diversity Policy here