Butterflies (2017, 2018, 2021 & 2022)

White Horse Road
22 Sep 2018 - 6 Mar 2022
Age range: 3-8
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  • Co-production Tangled Feet and Half Moon
  • by Devised by the company

“I’ve got that funny feeling again… it’s a good thing right?”

Three friends embarked on an exciting adventure to chase their butterflies away. They crossed new seas to uncharted lands, on a journey filled with discovery. The only trouble is they were all a bit worried about it! During their voyage the group rode the waves, walked high bridges, skirted deep caves and climbed to the sky, before reaching dry land braver than ever before.

Audiences joined our intrepid characters as they stepped into the unknown in an uplifting tale of friendship, courage and facing your fears, told using innovative staging, breathtaking physicality, touching humour and a specially commissioned musical score.

Butterflies was a co-production between award winning theatre ensemble Tangled Feet and Half Moon, the UK’s leading small-scale theatre company creating work for young people.

The production toured originally in 2017, and again in 2018. In 2021, the production was re-mounted into new version of the show now presented in a traverse format (originally front-on) featuring an updated storyline exploring how COVID-19 has affected the anxiety levels and resilience of children as they witness the characters talk about, accept and use their anxiety creatively to overcome obstacles physically and metaphorically acting as a launchpad to explore well-being and mindfulness. This version tours again in 2022.

Production photos (2017)

Cast List

  • Mario Christofides Marshall
  • Carl Parkin (2018) Marshall
  • Tunji Falana (2017, 2018) Skipp
  • Sara Templeman (2017, 2018) Holly
  • Shanez Pattni (2021, 2022) Holly

Creative Team

  • Nathan Curry Director
  • Chris Elwell Dramaturg
  • Ele Slade (2017, 2018) Set and Costume Designer
  • Guy Connelly Composer and Sound Designer
  • Phil Clarke Lighting Designer and Production Manager




Press and audience comments

A Theatre Trip For Every Child

Butterflies was featured in a video by ARC Stockton to advertise their Every Child Campaign.

Reviews and press

Research and development phase

Interview with Nathan Curry

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