About us

Inspired by little folks

Who are Hoglets Theatre?

We stage original theatrical productions and run interactive sessions for young children – from babies up to Primary age. 

Everything we do is centred around storytelling and the amazing impact stories, imagination and creativity can have on young minds.

Lara Stafford, Gemma Curry and Anna Rose James in our original mermaid tale SEASTORM IN A TEACUP
We use storytelling, drama, puppetry, dance, song and music to create immersive experiences for little imaginations to revel and play within.
 
Recent productions include A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S MISCHIEF (a hilarious retelling of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream – complete with plenty of the original text) and FAIRIETOLD (a subversion of traditional fairy tales from the perspective of the villains).
 
We’ve also run numerous interactive sessions at festivals, libraries, schools and community groups – including York Literature Festival, York Explore Libraries, Deer Shed Festival, Bootham School and many more. 

Our lovely partners...

We work regularly with some outstanding individuals and organisations – here’s just a few:

A little Hoglets history...

Hoglets was founded in 2013 by Gemma Sharp – an actress with over 15 years of experience working in theatre, film and television.

Following the birth of her first child, Gemma found herself using many acting methods when she was telling stories to her daughter. This inspired her to create classes applying these techniques to the telling of stories.

Hoglets – the name for a baby hedgehog – was born as the children’s theatre wing of touring ‘grown-up’ company Hedgepig Theatre.

Weekly classes ran across Children’s Centres across the city of York, developing and growing in scale. As we began to make a name for ourselves, new opportunities sprang up to spread the Hoglets love a little further – birthday parties, festivals, events, schools and nurseries and more.

Gemma running the very first Hoglets event at the Merchant Adventurer's Hall in 2013 - including shadow puppet performances of THE LITTLE MATCHSTICK GIRL.
Rachel Watkins, Gemma Curry and Lara Stafford in our Shakespeare loving smash A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S MISCHIEF.

In 2018, working with York Explore Libraries, we developed and toured our first play-for-children THE SLEEP PIRATES. The response was amazing, with sold-out shows across the run. Our second play SEA-STORM IN A TEACUP followed – again to outstanding reviews and sold-out performances.

We followed that in 2019 with our biggest shows yet – the Shakespeare themed riot A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S MISCHIEF and our subversive fairytale show FAIRIETOLD. Each time, the puppets got bigger, the songs got noisier and the responses from audiences just kept getting better!

We love what we do, and we are passionate about the difference it can make to developing children.

Hoglets storytelling and drama classes - featuring Gemma Sharp
Gemma Curry AKA Mama Hoglet - founder

Since becoming a mother I have found that my days are spent performing to an audience of one.

A smile or giggle from my Daughter is far more exhilarating than any audience applause. In the pursuit of entertaining her, I have found that a lot of the techniques I picked up during my career have become very useful, especially at story time.

I believe that the joy and escapism drama brings is unparalleled and so universal it can be enjoyed by anyone. Drama and storytelling use so many skills, that’s what makes them such a great educational tool for children.”

Gemma Curry AKA Mama Hoglet – founder

Listen to an interview with Gemma

There’s a lovely interview video with Gemma AKA Mama Hoglet on the York Creatives podcast.

In this episode we discuss how to tell better stories, about diving in and having an open approach to learning new skills, and about whether children get enough exposure to the arts.