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Neha Eapen - Girl

Neha graduated from the Leeds Conservatoire (where she studied Musical Theatre).

Credits since graduating include Lottie in The Not so Grimm Twins (Wrongsemble), and Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (for PHA/Leeds Carriageworks). Neha won the Best Newcomer Award at The Pantomime Awards 2023 for her role in Cinderella.

She is incredibly excited to work with the team on We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, and can’t wait to see so many exciting places around the world, as well as entertaining so many young people closer to home.

Benedict Hastings - Boy

Benedict studied Drama & Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, and has been working as an actor, puppeteer, musician and singer ever since.

Theatrical credits include: Stel & Wes Fight the Flood (Norwich Puppet Theatre); Frankenstein (Blackeyed Theatre); Zog (Freckle Productions); Sitting by Katherine Parkinson (Take Two Theatricals); We’re Going on a Bear Hunt & What the Ladybird Heard (Kenny Wax Family Entertainment); 3 Guys Naked from the Waist Down (Finborough Theatre); Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies (RSC); The Mermaid of Zennor (Moon on a Stick) and Being Human (Belgrade Theatre). Most recently, Benedict starred in the Olivier Award-winning Hey Duggee the Live Theatre Show, playing Duggee and Narrator.

Over the COVID-19 crisis, Benedict co-created Doorstep Puppet Theatre, bringing shadow puppet shows to households across London. Shows include The Little Mermaid Finds Her Voice, ROAR-punzel – Rapunzel, but with Dinosaurs, and Who Killed Mr Punch?

Tim Hibberd - Dad

In 1976 Tim was Swanmore Middle School's Year 7 High Jump (Boys) Champion. He never followed this up as a career.

Instead, since 1990 he has been travelling the world as an actor, firstly with his friends Ann and David in their own company, Rejects Revenge.

Then he settled down in Cricklewood and he and his wife had twins, which they have kept despite many offers.

By this time he had started performing in family theatre. He has worked with Polka Theatre, Tall Stories and is now, for the second time, Hunting Bears.

He is Topsy and Tim's annoying neighbour on CBBC.

Sometimes he plays ukulele, but quite politely stops when you ask him.

Ben Hills - Dog/Musician

Ben Hills is a singer and actor musician from Royal Tunbridge Wells. He has worked as a singer with ITV, BBC and Fremantle on shows including BBC's I Can See Your Voice and ITV's Britain's Got Talent and has toured as a professional musician since 2018, working on London's West End and internationally.

With over seven hundred bear hunts under his belt already, Ben is no stranger to the show. He is super excited to get his paws back onto his accordion & go sniffing for that big old bear...

Ross McKenna - Understudy/ASM

Ross graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2018.

Theatre Credits include Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Erasmus Theatre), Luca in San Domino (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Smashed (Collingwood Learning).

Credits whilst training include Brendan Behan in The Hostage, Gabriel Conroy in The Dead, Francis Fryer in Calamity Jane and Florizel in The Winter's Tale.

Ross is incredibly excited to be joining the cast of We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

Sally Cookson


Sally Cookson trained at LAMDA, working as an actor for ten years and co-founding the Bristol Old Vic Youth Theatre before embarking on a freelance directing career. She has been an associate artist at BOV, where productions include Wonder Boy, A Monster Calls, Jane Eyre, Peter Pan, Treasure Island and The Boy Who Cried Wolf to name a few. She has received four Olivier nominations for Peter Pan (National Theatre/Bristol Old Vic), Hetty Feather, (Kenny Wax Productions), Cinderella - a Fairytale (Tobacco Factory Theatre) and A Monster Calls (Old Vic), which won the Best Family and Entertainment Olivier Award in 2019. She is currently working on Birthmarked by Brook Tate which will perform at the Edinburgh Festival, and Dracula: Mina’s Reckoning for National Theatre of Scotland which opens in Aberdeen in September before touring.

Benji Bower


Theatre includes: Dracula  (National Theatre of Scotland); I am Kevin (Wildworks); Wonder Boy (Bristol Old Vic); Arrival (imPOSSIBLE Producing); Tom by Wilkie Branson (Sadlers Wells); The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe (WYP & West End); A Monster Calls (Old Vic, Olivier Awards: Outstanding Achievement in Music (Nominee); Best Family Show (Winner)); Peter Pan, Jane Eyre (National Theatre); Hetty Feather, La Strada, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (all Kenny Wax Productions); Romeo & Juliet (Rose Theatre); Varmints (Sadlers Wells); A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings (Little Angel/Kneehigh); Outpost (Green Ginger Theatre); Sleeping Beauty, Jane Eyre, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Peter Pan, Treasure Island, Papa Please Get The Moon For Me, Strong Case, Aesop’s Fables (all Bristol Old Vic); 101 Dalmatians, Cinderella, Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves, Bob The Man on the Moon, Lost and Found, Ugly Duckling (all Travelling Light Theatre); Stickman, Pirate Gran, Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales (all Freckle Productions).

Benji has composed multiple scores for TV and Film. He has performed with many well-known artists and with his own band, Unforscene.

Katie Sykes


Recent designs include: Wonder Boy ( Bristol Old Vic); Jane Eyre, Peter Pan (National Theatre/Bristol Old Vic); Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Globe Theatre); Hetty Feather, La Strada (both Kenny Wax Productions); If You Fall, Beautiful Evil Things (Theatre Ad Infinitum); A Monster Calls (Old Vic, winner Best Family Show Olivier Award); Same Storm Same Sky (Bristol Old Vic / Many Minds); Pippi Longstocking (Northampton Theatre Royal); The Great Gatsby (Wardrobe Ensemble); Kings, Vixen (both Travelling Light Theatre).

Tony Simpson

Lighting Designer

Tony trained at Middlesex University and has been a lighting designer for the last 31 years. His work has included productions from the National Theatre; The RSC; The Royal Court; Welsh National Opera; English National Opera; The Royal Opera House; West Yorkshire Playhouse; The Old Vic, London and numerous designs in the West End and various regional venues and national tours. For 15 years, Tony was the associate lighting designer on the touring West End production of The Woman in Black. He has designed several fashion shows including the 2015 L’Oreal Colour Trophy awards. In feature film, Tony was the Theatrical Lighting director for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and for the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Tony has also lectured at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is currently a visiting lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London. Tony also served as chairman on the Equity Theatre Designers

Committee and is a professional Designer member of the Association of Lighting Designers.

Jason Barnes

Sound Designer

Jason has worked in theatre in the UK and internationally for the last 20 years and has created Sound Designs for a wide variety of productions across UK theatre. Jason was Head of Sound for Bristol Old Vic from 1999 – 2007. He went on to become Director of Production and Operations for Bristol Old Vic from 2010 – 2015.

Sound Designs include: The Nightingales (Bath Theatre Royal and UK Tour); Mr Popper’s Penguins (Kenny Wax Ltd); An Elephant in the Garden (Poonamallee Productions); When We Are Married (Garrick Theatre); Mrs Warren’s Profession (Comedy Theatre and UK tour); Private Lives (Vaudeville Theatre and Music Box Theater, Broadway); Enjoy (Gielgud Theatre and UK tour); We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (Duchess Theatre, UK and International Tours); Private Peaceful (UK and International Tours); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic and USA)

Marc Parrett

Associate Director & Puppet Maker

Marc was part of the original cast of Sally Cookson’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, which premiered at Bristol Old Vic in 2006. He also designed and built the baby and the bear puppets for the show! He trained in clown and physical theatre at Circomedia in Bristol and eventually ended up directing puppetry and making puppets for theatre companies all over the place. Past work includes: Snow Mouse, Squirrel & Midnight Mole (Egg Theatre, Bath); The Borrowers (Theatre By The Lake, Keswick) and The Snow Queen (Bristol Old Vic). Marc has also puppeteered real kiwi fruit, coconuts and strawberries for TV commercials made by Aardman Animations. Marc is currently the Artistic Director of theOBJECTproject, based in Leeds.

Alex Heane

Musical Director

Alex Heane is composer, performer and sound designer from Newquay, Cornwall. He has toured and performed nationally and internationally with a range of theatre productions and musicians such as Jane Eyre (National Theatre) and Wise Children (Wise Children) and with artists such as Willy Mason, The Leisure Society, Rachael Dadd and Maja lena. Credits as a composer include: For the Love of Stuff (Earthbound Theatre); Blood Wedding (The Egg Theatre, Bath); Pagan Pandemonium (Seamas Carey); and Whale Town (Tobacco Factory Theatre). He trained in music performance and composition at Brunel University.

Meg Stephens

Company Stage Manager

Meg Stephens is a multi-skilled stage manager and theatre technician originally from Meanjin (Brisbane), Australia. She completed her studies at the Queensland University of Technology (Bachelor of Fine Arts - Technical Production, Mandarin). Meg has focused her career on touring, site specific work and festivals. Previous credits include Peaky Blinders: The Rise (Immersive Everywhere); the Australian national tours of 91-Storey Treehouse, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Billionaire Boy, Guess How Much I Love You (CDP Theatre Producers); Carmen (Opera Australia); Nearer the Gods (Ensemble Theatre Company), as well as many arts and fringe festivals.