A white woman with curly hair and glasses holds out a prop with live herb plants in to a little girl, who eyes them cautiously

Katerina Pushkin (Artistic Director)

Director, writer and performer Katerina loves music, smells, sensory things, colour-changing lights, projections, making up characters and playing tinkly instruments. Her non-Cuckoo directing includes plays with Birmingham REP, Jane English, and Theatre Uncut, and several family musicals for Festival Arts. She’s got an MA in Digital Arts for Performance and trained with Lev Dodin (St Petersburg’s Maly Drama Theatre), Paul Hunter (Told By An Idiot) and Justin Audibert (JMK Residency) as well as completing Birmingham REP’s Foundry programme.


A white woman with a banjo glows in a warm orange light and matching rust-coloured pantsuit

Beth Hopkins (Musical Director)

Composer, actor-musician and facilitator Beth loves swimming, singing and playing the banjo, clarinet, and other instruments. Her non-Cuckoo composing includes Follow The Bookworm for The Play House and When for Little Angel / Pinwheel Theatre. Beth facilitates composition for Natalie Mason’s Multicultural Music Making project with Friction Arts in Ladywood and Walsall. She also plays on the folk circuit as a singer-songwriter, and writes, plays and sings with avant-pop band The Nature Centre (whose first album, Never Not, was released in 2019) .


Two amazing and amazed babies lie on their backs in a cavern of silver reflective bubbly material, which is held up by a white woman with a bob. In the background there are grass and a glockenspiel.

Jess Clixby (Associate Director)

Associate Director, Jess Clixby – Jess has co-designed all our installation projects, inc. Sensory Street, Dooville & Technicolor Town (Bham REP), Northfield Robofest (Fun Palaces), Stardust (Theatre Hullabaloo) and Elmer’s Swamp (mac Birmingham). She has a portfolio of diverse skills from sensory prop making and textiles design (she made the giant patchwork canopy for Elmer’s Swamp) to writing, dramaturgy and an MA in children’s literature.