Bear & Butterfly

An enchanting new play
Theatre Hullabaloo
4-7 years
11th - 31st Dec 2017
The Hullabaloo

One day, Bear’s life changes forever when, deep in the branches of the tree he hears the munching and a crunching of a bright green Caterpillar.

Bear and Caterpillar soon become the best of friends, Caterpillar munching happily through tales of Bear’s younger life catching fish, raising cubs and being big, strong and fierce.

But one day Caterpillar stops munching and looks sick. Bear cares for his friend and lays him on a pile of dry leaves, promising him that he’ll get better soon. Bear fears he will lose his friend but, as if my magic, Caterpillar grows and stretches and from the leaves emerges a beautiful butterfly.

Can Bear come to terms with this new version of his friend who flies high above the trees and has stories of his own?

Puppetry, live music and beautiful storytelling combine in this charming tale about love, loss and friendship.

"Coupled with high production values and meticulous direction from Dani Parr, this is a show which audience members young and old will thoroughly enjoy."
British Theatre Guide

Production Shots

Tour Schedule

Christmas at The Hullabaloo 

11-31 December 2017

Theatre Hullabaloo presents Bear & Butterfly at The Hullabaloo, a flagship venue specially created for children and their families.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday 30th May.


We are currently also taking expressions of interest for our Spring 2018 tour and are particularly keen to work with venues who are able to offer longer runs. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Diann Allenby on 01325 352 004 or at

11 Dec 2017
The Hullabaloo

Creative Team

Directed by Dani Parr

Devised by the company from an original story by Gordon Poad

Designed by Bek Palmer

Composed by Simon McCorry

Movement by Simon Carroll – Jones

Photography by George Carrick



Bear: Micky Cochrane

Butterfly: Robert Welling

Owl: Simon McCorry

Show Resources

> Bear & Butterfly Technical Pack
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