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Butterfly Theatre


Everything is Connected

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Butterfly Theatre


Everything is Connected

Our Mission

Breathing new life into much loved texts, Butterfly immerse audiences in classic tales, using unusual spaces to set our story - such as caves, castles and woodlands - and truthful, responsive acting to excite and delight in every moment.

Imagine: deep underground in pre-historic caves, chanting emerges from the witches of Macbeth in the surrounding caverns, and a chill reaches your spine. Or a beautiful woodland, enchanted by echoing fairy calls from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on a warm summers day. 

Our aim is to create theatre that is vibrantly alive, moment to moment.

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Our Work


Beautiful Theatre, Beautiful Spaces

Our Work


Beautiful Theatre, Beautiful Spaces

Finding unique and inspiring locations to set our site-responsive work in is at the core of what Butterfly create. We look for the brilliant and the beautiful when we search for new places to explore, ensuring that each show responds to its surroundings, making every performance different from the last. 

Our actors are trained to be alive and responsive to their constantly changing surroundings. This strength is one of the elements of our way of working which sets us apart from other theatre companies. 

 

Videos

Watch our video of The Tempest at Leigh Woods, July 2015

Since the company was formed in 2011, Butterfly have worked across the UK and - since 2014, Germany - in a host of unusual spaces including Kents Cavern (Torquay), Teifburg in Heidelburg (Germany), a National Trust property '16 New Street' (Jersey), Puzzlewood (Forest of Dean) and even aboard a fleet of boats in Leigh Woods (Bristol) in collaboration with the international celebrated Visual Artist Luke Jerram.

Butterfly are always looking for new places to explore. If you have an idea of where we should go next, please do contact us

 

 

Watch the video of our productions in Kents Cavern caves, Torquay

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The Team


Everyone is Connected

The Team


Everyone is Connected

Butterfly is a community of brilliant theatre makers who have a shared passion for making beautiful theatre in beautiful spaces. Together we comprise over 50 like-minded creatives, headed up by Artistic Director & Company Founder Aileen Gonsalves, and Creative Producer Kate McStraw. 

Read more about our team