Bear & Butterfly

Bear likes peace and quiet. Other folk are bothering and Bear does not like to be bothered.

One day, as Bear is sitting comfortably sipping his tea, deep in the branches of his 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 heroic 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 fears he will lose his friend but, as if by 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”

Peter Latham, British Theatre Guide


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Meet the stars


Micky Cochrane


Micky originates from Newcastle and has appeared on all of the major theatre stages in the North-East in plays such as A Nightingale Sang at Live Theatre, Peter Pan at Northern Stage and the one man show I Love Kent Walton at Customs House South Shields. He has also appeared at Nottingham Playhouse in What Flows Past the Baltic and toured with Tangled Feet.

In 2014 he wrote and produced stand up show ‘What the Fudge’ which he performed at Edinburgh Fringe, Jesterval and The Stand Newcastle.
As frontman of This Ground Moves Micky sang on the same stage as artists including Jake Bugg, Tim Burgess and Ocean Colour Scene, performing all over Europe and headlining Smash Fest in Rome. The band released an album ‘You are not the End of the World.’

Since the first production of Bear and Butterfly he has starred as Jimmy in Pitmen Painters (Oldham Coliseum), in The Fighting Bradfords (Gala Theatre), Five Dead Nobodies (Odd Man Out) and musical Beyond the End of the Road (November Club) with TV appearances in Hospital People (BBC1) and Man Down with Greg Davies (Channel Four). He is excited to be back with the team and Theatre Hullabaloo.

Simon Caroll - Jones


Dominie Hooper


Dominie Hooper is a musician from Dartmoor, Devon, now based in London. She trained in physical theatre at Circomedia, Bristol, which contributed to an interest in applied music. Dominie trained as a singer, but also plays the cello and guitar.

Behind the scenes

Alice Longson

Stage Manager

BA Hons Media Performance – University of Salford

Stage Manager Credits
The Trial (People Zoo Productions), A Kidnapping (Swaggering Crow Productions), Moth (Ransack Theatre Productions), Lightning Under Their Skirts (Storm in the North Productions), The Party’s Over (Nonsuch Theatre), Planet Caravan (People Zoo Productions), The Horse Show (People Zoo Productions), PURGE (Collaboration), Edward Gant and His Amazing Feats of Loneliness (People Zoo Productions), Be//Longing (Take Back Theatre) Bear and Butterfly (Hullabaloo Theatre Company).

Assistant Stage Manager Credits
Hair (Hope Mill Theatre), and YANK! (Hope MIll Theatre).

Technician Credits
The Trial (People Zoo Productions), The Art of Loving Lexi (Ten Ninety Productions), Angel of the House (Asphalt Roses), Don’t ya wish your Scouser was boss like me (MAP Productions), The Loves of Others (Manchester ADP), Planet Caravan (People Zoo Productions), FREAK (MAP productions), Edward Gant and His Amazing Feats of Loneliness (People Zoo Productions)

Will Evans

Lighting by

Simon Caroll - Jones

Movement by

Phil Porter

Script Advisor

Alison McGowan

Puppetry Director

Nikki Jones

Scenic Artist

The Creators

Dani Parr


Dani Parr is a theatre director specialising in creating work for children and young people. She Director of Participation and work for Young People at The Almeida Theatre.

She was Associate Director at Royal & Derngate Theatres, Northampton for 11 years, where she directed over 30 plays, and led a programme of innovative creative projects for all ages.
Dani has directed I Believe in Unicorns for Wizard Presents, which had a successful run at the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End, won an Argus Angel award at Brighton Festival toured nationally. She also co-directed Moominsummer Madness, a co-production between Polka Theatre, Royal & Derngate and Little Angel Theatre. She won two awards for Flathampton at Brighton Festival last year: the Argus Angel award for artistic innovation; and the Latest award for Best Children’s Event.

She programmed TakeOff Festival 2013 for Theatre Hullabaloo, an international festival of theatre work for children and young people, and she directed Dream Space for Shakespeare’s Globe, a family version of Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Bek Palmer

Set Designer

Bek trained in Performance Design at LIPA and studied Post Graduate Theatre Design at RWCMD. This is Bek’s ninth design for Theatre Hullabaloo after Spirits of the Sea, Bear & Butterfly (2015) Tiny Treasures, Luna, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Angel, The Night Pirates and My Mother Told Me Not To Stare.

Other set and costume designs include; The Birthday Party, Waiting For Godot and Betrayal (London Classic Theatre), Alfie White: Space Explorer and Lemony Snicket’s Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming (Tall Stories), What The Ladybird Heard (Kenny Wax Ltd), Shaun The Sheep (Dan Coleman), Happily Ever After (Action Transport Theatre)
Bek specialises in designing/making puppets and has also worked as an installation artist for Punchdrunk. She regularly works as Wardrobe Mistress for Qdos Pantomimes and on productions on board cruise ships.

Simon McCorry