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Preview: Bear and Butterfly at Darlington Hullabaloo

Theatre Hullabaloo Announce the First show for Darlington’s New Children’s Theatre

Bear and Butterfly
Darlington Hullabaloo
Monday 11th - Sunday 31st December 2017

The opening show for Darlington’s new children’s venue, The Hullabaloo, has been announced and is on sale now.

Photo: George Carrick
Bear & Butterfly, a Theatre Hullabaloo production, will be the first performance to take place in the new children’s theatre which opens in the North East this December.

Bear & Butterfly is a charming tale of changing friendship for everyone aged 4 and above. Opening on Monday 11 December the show will have a run of 21 performances until the end of the year, including Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. Once complete, it will head out on a national tour in 2018, as an import export of theatre from the North East.

Photo: George Carrick
The Hullabaloo is a new venue specially created for children and families located in central Darlington and is the only specialist theatre of its type north of London.

“It is incredibly exciting to be opening a national centre of theatre for young audiences here in Darlington. We hope that The Hullabaloo will be taken to the hearts of families across our region and beyond, and we’re proud to announce that the opening show will be our very own Bear & Butterfly,” said Miranda Thain, Creative Producer at Darlington-based Theatre Hullabaloo.

Photo: George Carrick
A perfect first theatre experience, Bear and Butterfly is a 50-minute show suitable for the whole family. When a grumpy Bear finds a cheery Caterpillar munching on the leaves of his tree one day, his first thought is to ask him to leave. Gradually, however, they become best friends as Caterpillar munches through heroic tales of Bear’s younger life. One day Caterpillar becomes sick. Bear fears he will lose his friend, but instead, he grows into a beautiful butterfly who flies high and has stories of his own. Puppetry, live music and beautiful storytelling combine in this charming tale about love, loss and friendship.

The cast includes Micky Cochrane from Newcastle as Bear; Butterfly will be played by Simon Carroll-Jones and Dominie Hooper as Owl.

Bear & Butterfly will be presented alongside a newly commissioned installation called Enchanted Forest, where families can visit to play with a fully interactive environment of musical flowers and magical trees specially designed to set young imaginations running wild.

The opening will come after an 18-month build period, where a former Edwardian Firestation and adjacent land on Borough Road, Darlington have been transformed into a purpose built venue. 

“We can’t wait to open the doors to children and their families. This venue is all about creating and presenting the best work in the best environment for children. We can’t wait to welcome our audiences through the doors so that they can play, have fun and make memories. Bear & Butterfly is the perfect show for children and families to start their journey with us.” said Laura Case, Development Director for Theatre Hullabaloo.

Cast and Creatives:
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 and Butterfly runs from Monday 11th - Sunday 31st December 2017. Tickets are from £7 and available by calling the Box Office on 01325 405405 or online

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