Shh! Meet the Cast

With not long to go until Shh! We have a Plan sneaks onto the stage in the Crescent Arts Centre,  meet the explorers leading the expedition this Christmas.


Claire Cogan is an actress from Coleraine, now living in Leicester. She is very excited to be working with Cahoots NI.

Theatre credits include, Save Our School Dinners Jamie!, Mind Games, Freedom of The City,  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Cherry Orchard, Secret Door, Beasts, Head/case, Lags, The Coventry Mystery plays, The New Electric Ballroom, Gilgamesh, The Way Home, Charlotte’s Web, The Threepenny Opera and Factory Girls. Film and TV include Wild About Harry, Conversations Matter, It Helps To Talk, Irish Premier Shorts. Claire is currently shooting the feature film, Acid Daemons, for Hive Productions in the Midlands.



Hugh W Brown is an Actor with 21 years experience in Film, Theatre, Street Performance, Circus, Clown and Music, specialising in producing work for young audiences.

Recent theatre credits, with Cahoots NI, include Duck Death and the Tulip, The Family Hoffman Mystery Palace, Shh! We have a Plan, and Egg ( which toured extensively in the United States and in London was winner of Best Show for Young People Off West End, (OFFIES). As a solo performer he is best known as Jitterbug Jackson and has performed all over Europe, Asia and Australia with highlights including representing Ireland in the Street Performance World Championships, performing at the Opening Ceremony of The Special Olympics in Croke Park, Dublin and as The Point Man in ‘The Waking of the Giant’ at Carlingford Lough.

Hugh was the co-creator and librettist for Cahoots NI/The MAC’s  Pinocchio, Co-Director/ Writer and Performer in the Dublin Culture Connects/ Cois Ceim production Alight! and Dublin City Council’s Halloween production Dockers and Demons, for which he c0-wrote and directed an acclaimed musical video of the same name.

In Cambodia, Hugh has recently written, produced, co-directed and performed the lead in the feature film INSIDE THE BELLY OF A DRAGON which received a special selection at the Cambodian International Film Festival and was presented in 2017 as part of the Belfast Film Festival.


Philippa O’Hara is a singer and actor from Belfast. She trained in BMC’s Performing Arts course which she completed with a Degree in Drama from QUB. Philippa loves working with Cahoots NI and is very excited to be reprising her role in Shh! We Have a Plan.

Theatre credits include: Pinocchio (Cahoots NI), Little Red Riding Hood (Market Place Theatre), The Andrews Sisters at the Derry Jazz Festival (Playhouse Theatre), Under The Hawthorn Tree (Cahoots NI) and My Mother and Other Strangers (BBC NI).



Lorcan Reed trained in Performing Arts at Belfast Metropolitan College, Tower Street and was awarded the prestigious Mike Moloney Scholarship.

Credits include ; Little Red Riding Hood (Lyric Theatre), Game of Thrones (HBO), Death by Shakespeare (Edinburgh Fringe), Stone (Edinburgh Fringe), Shh! We Have a Plan (Cahoots NI) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyric Theatre) in which he played Oberon.

Lorcan is also a trained singer and gifted fencer, and was part of the British national representative team in Malaysia, where he won bronze for his age group.

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