Hibernate- Christmas 2021

4 - 22 December - various times

Early Years Theatre

Hibernate is a co-production between Cumbernauld Theatre and the multi award-winning visual theatre company, Tortoise in a Nutshell. Hibernate is suitable for everyone from 2 – 5 years (Nursery – P1), their friends and families.

Rustle, rustle, rustle   
Snuffle, snuffle, snuffle   
Not a sound to be heard   
All is quiet   
Cosy and warm…   


What was that?  A small, old mouse valiantly attempts to create the perfect place to snuggle down for a long winter’s nap. With a magical mound to lay their head, they’re ready to hide away from the world outside…until a rambunctious squirrel absentmindedly stumbles into their serene sleeping abode.    

Hibernate is about re-emerging into the world and discovering relationships you didn’t know you needed, about finding hope and joy through connection with someone from an entirely different world from your own.     

A joyous, romp-filled adventure to catapult you from the dreamy, quiet lands of silent snoozing to the bright, fun-filled great outdoors.    

I took both my boys to Hibernate yesterday and they were totally mesmerised and thoroughly enjoyed the show. A brilliant first theatre experience for all the children there.

Hibernate audience member

Performance Details

Babes in Arms (children under 2 years old) must be seated on your lap and you must book a place for your child by calling our Box Office on 01236 732 887.

Hibernate is elligible for our schools and organised groups discount: for every 10 tickets you book, you get the 11th ticket free of charge.

Running time: 35 mins with an optional additional 15 minutes of guided play at the end of each performance (50 minutes in total).     

My nearly 3 year old had her first theatre experience with Hibernate on Saturday and we could not be more pleased with how it went! From our arrival to the theatre, the directions and guidance of the staff and the show itself, everything was more than I could have hoped for. The show was charming and entertaining from start to finish and kept all of the children (and adults) interested and invested.Thank you to all staff FOH, backstage and on stage and Merry Christmas when it comes.

Hibernate audience member

Performers and Creative Team 

Jessica Innes
Charles Donnelly 

Director and Assistant Designer – Alex Bird 
Designer and Assistant Director – Arran Howie 
Dramaturg/Associate Director – Matt Addicott 
Composer – Jim Harbourne 
Lighting Designer – Michaella Fee 
Producer – Li Kennedy

Meet the team

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the cast and creative team of the Cumbernauld Theatre Company and Tortoise in a Nutshell co-production – Hibernate.



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