Butterflies (2017, 2018, 2021 & 2022)

White Horse Road
22 Sep 2017 - 17 Nov 2023
Age range: 3-8
Butterflies (2022) poster Butterflies (2022) poster
  • Co-production Tangled Feet and Half Moon
  • by Devised by the company

Available to stream on our On Demand platform

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

Three friends embark on an exciting adventure to chase their butterflies away. They cross new seas to uncharted lands, on a journey filled with discovery. The only trouble is they’re all a bit worried about it! During their voyage the group ride the waves, walk high bridges, skirt deep caves and climb to the sky, before reaching dry land, braver than ever before.

Created in response to young children’s experience of anxiety, Butterflies was an uplifting tale of friendship, courage and facing your fears, told using innovative staging, breathtaking physicality, touching humour and an original 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 originally toured in 2017 and again in 2018.

In 2021, the production was re-mounted into a new version of the show, now presented in a traverse format (originally it was presented 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 toured again mainly into schools during 2022 and 2023.

You can access the script of this play via the British Library’s MPS Modern Playscripts Collection.

Production photos (2022)

Cast List

  • Mario Christofides Marshall (2017, 2018, 2021, 2022)
  • Carl Parkin Marshall (2018, 2022)
  • Harris Cain Marshall (2022)
  • Tunji Falana Skipp (2017, 2018)
  • Ankit Giri Skipp (2021, 2022)

Creative Team

  • Nathan Curry Director
  • Ele Slade Set and Costume Designer (2017)
  • Becky Dee Trevenan Designer (2021)
  • Guy Connelly Composer and Sound Designer
  • Phil Clarke Lighting Designer and Production Manager (2017)


Production photos (2021)


Character videos

Press and audience comments

Performance, rehearsal and filming gallery (2022)

Production photos (2017)

Original design (2017 & 2018)

Creation of Butterflies

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

South West Londoner Feature on Butterflies - 28 January 2022

Script extract

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