A Hiccup takes your breath away. That’s exactly what we try to do…

Hiccup Theatre is a theatre company making work for children, young people and their families. We encourage them to Discover, Question, Explore, Create, Express, Laugh, Inspire and Be Inspired.

We are:

Artistic Director – Ivan Stott

Ivan has worked in Theatre for 30 years as a Composer, Musician, MD, Sound Designer, Actor and Workshop Facilitator. He has created work for children and young people with some of the best children’s companies and theatres across the UK and is recognised as a leading artist in this field.

Companies Ivan has worked for include Derby Theatre, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Tutti Frutti Productions, Graeae, Polka Children’s Theatre, Pilot Theatre Company, Contact, Theatre Centre, Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, Dundee Rep, York Theatre Royal, and Red Ladder amongst others. International projects include Visiting Grandad (Japan) 2002 and Musician in Residence at the Phalsbourg Festival (France) 1997. Ivan trained with Gypsy Musicians and ran workshops in Bucharest and Baccau (Romania) in 1993 and composed and sound designed the first European tour of John Godber’s Teechers in 1992.

Ivan’s TV work includes Over to the East (Channel 4) BUG (BBC1 Millennium Eve) and for BBC Radio 4, Ivan composed the music for Wimmy Road and the Sony Award Nominated Blast.

Producer – Nur Khairiyah Bte Ramli (Khai)

Khai is a Malay-Muslim independent producer from Singapore and is currently based in London. She graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with an MA (Distinction) in Creative Producing. Khai is delighted to be joining the Hiccup family as our new Producer!

During the pandemic, Khai founded RUMAH, which means ‘home’ in the Malay language. The platform aims to bring the many Asian diaspora communities together, ‘Big Up’ one another and reflect the true representation of Asian artists in Britain today. RUMAH is currently funded by Arts Council England & Paul Hamlyn Foundation. 

When she is not holding space for Asian diaspora communities, Khai makes big ideas happen on shoestring budgets. Her producing works are mainly in theatre, but they sometimes spill/ cross over into live art, dance, music and even circus. In her 9 years of producing, both in Singapore and London, she has produced works that are urgent, contemporary and committed to uplifting underrepresented voices. Some of her works has toured internationally to Japan and Australia. 

Before she became an independent producer, Khai was previously an Assistant Production Coordinator for the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival with The Necessary Stage, and then went on to become a Programmes Manager for Performing Arts at The Substation. Her role at The Substation gave her an opportunity to work with multi-disciplinary artists and has allowed her to commission, lead incubation programmes and provide a platform for emerging artists to experiment and take risks.

In 2019, she received the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Emerging Producers Bursary. Her recent producing works include two shows that were presented at the Vault Festival, Lighthouse by Hazel Lam (presented as part of Chinese Arts Now Festival) and Moongate Productions’ digital festival, #WeRNotVirus.

We regularly work with:

Director – Sarah Brigham

Sarah has worked as a Director, performer and theatre practitioner across the UK and Europe. She has committed throughout her career to creating work of excellence for young audiences. Sarah is the Artistic Director of Derby Theatre, a vibrant producing Theatre in the heart of the City, with a unique ‘Learning Theatre’ vision.

Previously Sarah was Artistic Director of The Point, Eastleigh, an exciting South East venue with an emphasis on supporting emerging/mid-career artists. Sarah developed a strong family friendly strand to the venue’s work and also launched The Berry Theatre in Hedge End, which has a focus on new writing and work with and for young audiences.

Prior to this role Sarah was Associate Director of Dundee Rep for over 4 years where she directed their work for children and young people and developed and managed the award winning Creative Learning Team.

Her previous directing credits include York Theatre Royal, Red Ladder Theatre Company, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Carousel Theater Berlin, Proper Job Theatre Company and The Theatre Company Blah,Blah,Blah.

In 2009 Sarah was awarded the Writers Guild of Great Britain award for the encouragement of new writing.

We aim to:

  1. Make playful and inventive new theatre for children, young people and family audiences.
  2. Create bold and visually striking work which is a feast for the senses exploring the interplay between music, storytelling and physical theatre.
  3. Create work which puts children & young people at the centre of the work and which actively involves them in our artistic process.
  4. Create work which is collaborative, pushing the artistic boundaries of what Children and Young People’s theatre can be.
  5. Create work which embraces and reflects the diverse world we live in.
  6. Tour to children, young people and their families regionally, nationally and internationally.
  7. Embrace digital technology and use it to communicate and create.

What people say about us:

“I thought it was fun and funny”

Ethan age 5

“Every bit grabbed you! We felt the wind, heard the music, felt the emotions, threw confetti at the wedding and laughed loads and loads”

Audience member – parent of a 4 year old

“Really inventive, great for all ages”

Sian Ellis – New Theatre Royal Portsmouth