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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Joe Martin
Musical Supervisor

Joe read for a Music Theatre degree at the University of Central Lancashire.


Joe is a Lancashire based Musical Director, Choir Leader, and Singing Teacher, but has worked all over the UK. 


Credits as MD include: Billy Elliott and West Side Story (both Blackpool Grand Theatre), Hairspray (North Pier Theatre), Les Misérables (Lowther Pavilion & Crescent Theatre, Birmingham) and High School Musical (Brookdale Theatre, Stockport). Joe has also MD’d for countless concerts all over the country.


As a choral director, Joe has worked with award-winning choirs and can currently be found working with ShowChoir Preston and ShowChoir Lytham.


Joe has worked with a lot of community based youth and adult groups and has had a lot of fun MD’ing shows like The Addams Family (GMP) Hairspray (BHY) Bugsy Malone (Brookdale Youth Theatre) and Grease (Cardinal Allen)

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Jason Tinney
Resident Choreographer

Jason trained at The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge and The Royal Ballet Upper School, Covent Garden.


During his time at The Royal Ballet school he performed with The Royal Ballet Company. Jason then went on to train for a further 3 years at Laine Theatre Arts.


After graduating, Jason danced professionally on land & onboard various cruise ships with which he travelled all over the world. 


Jason’s work as a choreographer has been on pantomimes, corporate events, musicals & plays.


Jason teaches at various performing arts colleges and works with the Hope Mill Theatre.


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 Dick Whittington (2021), Sleeping Beauty (2019) and Jack and the Beanstalk (2018).

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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).