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The Herd Theatre

The Herd Theatre make original shows and experiences for children, young people and families. Our shows take place in playful immersive spaces and we invite our audiences to play. We regularly run drama, storytelling and visual arts projects with young people. We’re passionate about ensuring positive and inclusive experiences in our shows and projects. We are an affiliated company of Hull Truck and Associates of Hull Libraries and Back to Ours.

The Herd create innovative drama projects with and for schools and offer class trips to our unique shows for young audiences around the region.

In school projects

We deliver bespoke in school drama projects for a variety of educational settings. Typically these have been created in partnership with the school and have been delivered over 5 – 20 weeks. In all these projects we have actively involved children and young people in the creation of a new play, exhibition or film. We use theatre making and devising activities to play alongside young people, interrogate a theme together and closely listen, to create something authentically from young people. We exist to amplify the voices of young people and give a platform to their ideas and creations.

We have experience working in a range of educational settings including special schools, nurseries and Pupil Referral Units.  We also have experience in fundraising in partnership with a school to make projects happen.

We are the Associate Theatre Company of Hull Libraries and have created projects with their Schools Library Service.

A lot of our projects have a public facing outcome – audiences that see shows or public exhibitions – helping embed the school and young people in their wider community.

If you have an idea for a project or are looking for an Artsmark Partner for an ambitious theatre-making project we’d love to hear from you.

Here are some examples of our previous projects:

The Last Dinosaur with Sidmouth Primary, Hull (6-7yrs)

A visual arts project responding to the themes of our show The Last Dinosaur, culminating in a touring visual art exhibition.


Wired Differently with Ganton School, Special school, Hull. (13-19 yrs)

A devised play performed by students, lived streamed as part of the Hull City of Culture 2017 programme.


Wired Differently with Ganton School, Special school, Hull. (13-19 yrs)

Student led workshops delivered to their parents to encourage open conversation around mental health.


Ten Foot Tales with Bridgeview Whitehouse, Pupil Referral Unit, Hull (7-11yrs)

4 classes adapted 4 folk stories to write their own play, performed by professional actors at Hull Truck Theatre for other schools and a family audience.


Whitsun with St Nicolas Primary School, Hull (9-10yrs)

A short piece of physical theatre, performed by students as part of an outdoor festival.


Slime with McMillian Nursery, Hull (2-4 yrs)

Playing alongside the children to create, develop and test a new show performed by professional actors.


Trips to our shows

We often offer funded trips to our exciting, inspiring shows. To find out more about what’s on and where, check out our website or email


*Covid 19 update: We are currently delivering an in school arts project with Sidmouth Primary school. In partnership with the school we have devised a covid-safe approach to delivery

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Theatre, Creative Writing, Storytelling
Appropriate Key Stage Range
Early Years, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
Working Across
Doncaster, East Riding of Yorkshire
Community Settings, Mainstream Schools, Nurseries, Special Schools, Alternative Provision
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