Will Cousins and Ben Richards started working together on commissions for large-scale puppets in other people's productions, but soon aspired to greater things.

They set up The Big Tiny in 2016 and rapidly established the company as one of the most dynamic and exciting theatre producers in the North West.  


As well as continuing to work with puppetry, they have branched out into producing top-quality pantomime and other shows.

Winning acclaim from audiences and press alike, The Big Tiny has quickly become known for creativity, innovation and through the roof production values.

The Big Tiny Productions Limited.

Registered in England and Wales, company registration number: 11778654.

Registered Office: The Big Tiny, Nortex Mill, 105 Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 3AG


The Team

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Will Cousins



Will trained as an actor at Guildford School of Acting, receiving a BA (Hons).

Over the years he has enjoyed a varied acting career; from operating 15ft dragons in Sleeping Beauty (Little Wolf Entertainment) to singing in The Story of Bart at the London Hippodrome. 

Will's first passion has always been puppetry.  He is Honorary Secretary of the Punch and Judy Fellowship and regularly provides puppetry direction, consultancy and design for companies and shows (work includes: EmmerdaleThe Metro, Hits Radio, The Lowry).

Will works closely with Ben to develop the best possible productions, overseeing the design, costume and puppetry elements along with the additional building blocks that create an awesome show!

Ben Richards



Ben completed his MA at RADA/Birkbeck.

He has written and directed plays up and down the country, on national tour, in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe (credits include: the UK tour of The Ukulele Project and Cargo which was subsequently adapted to a film for SkyArts24).

Ben has worked as dramaturg for numerous shows and companies, most recently on Toast, which ran at The Other Palace (London) after a successful tryout at The Lowry and the Edinburgh Fringe, where it won 4 and 5 star reviews from all the nationals.

Ben writes and directs productions for The Big Tiny taking his ideas from page to stage in his own unique style.

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Lauren Hopkinson

Musical Supervisor

Lauren studied music at Nottingham University (BA Hons).

Lauren is a musical director, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked in the West End, nationally and internationally. She has composed, arranged and performed a wide range of music across many different genres including musical theatre and a cappella vocal music.  Lauren is passionate about creating and delivering outstanding creative musical experiences to audiences.

Theatre credits include: We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Blood Brothers (UK Tour), Jesus Christ Superstar (Scandinavian Tour).

For The Big Tiny, Lauren composed and provided musical support for Balthazar Snapdragon (2020).

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Ryan Wilce

Technical Supervisor

Ryan trained at Plymouth Conservatoire, receiving a BA(hons) in Theatre and Performance.

Theatre credits include: The Rocky Horror Show, Miss Saigon (Cameron Mackintosh), Carmen and Rigoletto (both Welsh National Opera), Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty (both Birmingham Royal Ballet), War Horse (National Theatre) and Dick Whittington at Theatre Royal Plymouth (QDOS panto).

As well as working with The Big Tiny, Ryan is programme assistant for the main stage at Plymouth Conservatoire/The House Theatre.

For The Big Tiny Ryan worked on Sleeping Beauty (2019).


Sam Lord

Head of Sound

and Sound Design

Sam has spent the last 8 years as a professional musician and sound technician.


He has toured the world and has appeared at

Glastonbury, on tour with McFly and oThe Late Show in New York and recently finished recording at Abbey Road Studios.  Sam regularly works with Little Lion Entertainment on The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience

Sam has worked with The Big Tiny on Sleeping Beauty (2019) and Jack and the Beanstalk (2018).