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Who we are
We are Jenna Drury and Nicolette Hobson; two experienced drama practitioners in York with over fifteen years knowledge of Primary Education each. Jenna has a PGCE and BA (Hons) degree in Performing Arts. Nicolette has a BA (Hons) degree in Drama and Art .

We both work in theatre, directing Youth Theatre productions and touring original storytelling performances . We write and lead a wide variety of drama projects for early years settings, schools, libraries and festivals.

We are both mothers, Jenna has three children with her husband James and Nicolette has two children with her husband and work partner Gerard. Gerard Hobson heads up the visual arts side of Mud Pie and has extensive experience in illustration and has had worked published.


In 2009 we decided to combine our knowledge, experience and skills in education, drama and art and formed Mud Pie Arts.


What we believe

Our philosophy is to provide creative theatrical experiences, in which the children participate and shape the story’s conclusion. Mud Pie is all about getting stuck in, with the emphasis based on a “hands on” approach to create an instantaneous style of theatre and play. 


We believe that drama is a powerful teaching tool. It enhances a child’s communication, speaking and listening and language skills which forms the foundation of every child’s development and success. The emphasis of our work is based on a child-centred approach to active learning.


Our aim is to inspire creativity and empower children.


''Like theatre, drama in schools can unlock the use of imagination, intellect, empathy and courage. Through it, ideas, responses and feelings can be expressed and communicated. It carries the potential to challenge, to question and to bring about change.''

 - Jude Kelly (theatre director and founder of Metal)




"I love writing our stories and scripts for children. I am inspired by all sorts, from cloud shapes to wildlife campaigns. I have recently written children's guides for two museums. Once I delve into the history, characters leap out at me. Every project is a combination of three magic ingredients; participation, imagination and education."



“In one week I can find myself exploring the plains of Africa with a class of Reception children, researching what makes a teenage brain tick, to facilitating training for a group of nursery staff. At the heart of our work is a passion to teach and share our practice with all ages both young and old.”

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