On the 9th November 2017 Dragon Breath won the Judges’ Special Award at the Biannual East Midlands Heritage Awards, for The Cassandra Room at Wollaton Hall. This was a collaboration with the Design Team at Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, and the installation is in residence for the foreseeable future. We are happy, proud and would like to thank all our backers and judges on that memorable evening.
Dragon Breath makes epic, visual, poetic, thought provoking theatre for young people, responding to their experiences and perceptions of the world.
We are an ensemble with a core of associate artists making theatre alongside emerging artists in theatre venues, unusual sites, schools and museums.
Our award winning museum interpretation brings narrative, empathy and visual intrigue to the telling of hidden histories to people of all ages.
Our theatre productions and museum installations reflect young people’s authentic voices, and are researched with children, teachers, university students, artists, historians, scientists and museum curators over many months during the development of each project.
We develop performance and education programmes in a wide range of settings.
We are Arts Award trained and have 25 years’ experience working alongside teachers to deliver both strategic programmes and bespoke creative curriculum sessions, including innovative approaches to Literacy.
We publish academic research drawing on our performance practice and all our major productions are supported with teachers’ resources.
We offer In Service Training (INSET) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for schools, artists and institutions.
The Dragon Breath website is currently under development. Full archives, creative credits, logos and associated links will be posted as the site is developed.
Jumping on my Shadow, 2017
Winner, Arts Council England, John Whiting Award for Best Play, 2002
An award winning play for young people about refugees and cultural identity, touring to schools and family audiences. Co-produced with Nottingham Lakeside Arts - Book tickets for the public shows.
The Cassandra Room at Wollaton Hall, 2016 onwards
An interactive installation for families exploring 100 years of Wollaton Hall’s family history, visited by over 80 thousand people in its first 3 months. A commission for Nottingham City Museums and Galleries - click for Cassandra Room images
Click for the Cassandra Room Exhibition Book:
A Crack in Time at Papplewick Pumping Station, 2010 to 2021
STOP PRESS: Schools interactive visits to Papplewick Pumping Station 2018 onwards.
An immersive theatre experience for young people and families, currently being developed into a daylong teacher led museum experience - go to full info:
Big Bones and the Secrets of the Sands at New Walk Museum, 2017
an interactive storytelling interpretation for the Spark Festival at New Walk Museum.
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Papplewick Pumping Station & Dragon Breath Theatre education project, May-July 2015 - click thumbnails for promo videos:
'Exploring Cosmos' is a documentation of the Cosmos project, a research led arts and science collaboration between Nottingham Trent University and Dragon Breath Theatre. The project explored the teaching of science and basic astronomy to early years learners through storytelling, puppetry, dance, multimedia and performance. 18 months of research and development culminated in a series of participatory performances at Nottingham Trent University’s Waverley Studio Theatre and Curve, Leicester.
Dragon Breath is a professional theatre company that makes theatre with and for young people. We create innovative, epic, poetic, visual theatre responding to, and challenging, young people’s experiences and perceptions of the world. Our productions reflect young people’s authentic voices, and are researched with children, teachers, university students, artists and scientists over many months during the development of each play.
In our downloads section you have access to a whole range of cross curricular teaching resources in multiple formats from two of our largest performance and education programmes.
Peter is an award winning writer, director and performer who lectures in the School of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University. He is passionate about helping young people’s voices to be heard. His research and practice as a writer specialises in working in schools to foster children’s literacy, working in schools, galleries and museum settings.
Peter’s NAWE (National Association of Writers) link:
Peter’s NTU link:
Peter’s Literacy research: “Seeing, doing, writing”
Nettie is a visual artist and theatre designer who specialises in developing new writing, working with young people, and revealing interesting sites through performance. She is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Arts), and a founder member of The Designers Formation (the only theatre agency for specifically for designers). She was Senior Lecturer in Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University, and is an Arts Consultant for The Mighty Creatives. Her next show is The Snow Queen, Polka Theatre, December 2017.
Nettie’s design work:
Nettie’s science and theatre research:
Nottingham Lakeside Arts
The Spark Arts for Children
Nottingham City Museums & Galleries
New Walk Museum, Leicester
Papplewick Pumping Station Trust
Inspire Culture | Learning | Libraries
Curve Theatre / Leicester Theatre Trust
Centre for Advanced Studies, the University of Nottingham
The Theatre Design Course, School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University
Centre for Effective Learning in Science (CELS), NTU
New College Nottingham
Mellers Primary School, Nottingham
Dunkirk Primary School, Nottingham
Bluecoat Academy, Nottingham
Berridge Infants School, Nottingham
Ellis Guilford School and Sports College, Nottingham
Northamptonshire LEA Extended Services
South Wigston High School, Leicester
Arts Council England (ACE)
The Heritage Lottery Fund
The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
The Garfield Weston Foundation
Museum Development East Midlands
The Mighty Creatives
Creative Partnerships Nottingham
East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA)
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