Dragon Breath Theatre

What we do

Theatre:

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.

Museum Interpretation:

Our award winning museum interpretation brings narrative, empathy and visual intrigue to the telling of hidden histories to people of all ages.

Our productions and 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.

Education & Research programmes

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.

Current work

  • 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 - info: - go to full info:

  • 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 here for images - Click here for the Cassandra Room Exhibition Book:

  • A Crack in Time at Papplewick Pumping Station, 2010 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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Projects

Jumping on my Shadow

Jumping on my Shadow

An award winning play for young people about refugees and cultural identity by Peter Rumney, directed by Rosamunde Hutt, designed by Nettie Scriven
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The Cassandra Room

The Cassandra Room at Wollaton Hall

An interactive installation for families exploring 100 years of Wollaton Hall’s family history. Interpretation by Dragon Breath. Lead artists: Nettie Scriven (designer), texts by Peter Rumney (writer), Trina Bramman (paper sculptures), Ade Towell (graphic design), construction by Ashley Wright (design construction), music by Helen Chadwick and Duncan Chave (composers), Karen Grover (costume interpretation), Adrian Davies (commissioning consultant) - download the Cassandra Room Catalogue (96 mb.)

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A Crack in Time

A Crack in Time at Papplewick Pumping Station

Concept by Dragon Breath, designed by Nettie Scriven, script by Peter Rumney, directed by Rosamunde Hutt - Click for further information

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New Walk Museum

New Walk Museum

An interactive storytelling performance for The Spark Festival for Children 2017

Storytellers Peter Rumney & Nettie Scriven, music by Emilie Rumney Scriven

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Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels

by Peter Rumney, directed by Adel Al-Salloum, designed by Nettie Scriven

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Cosmos

Cosmos

by Peter Rumney, directed by Adel Al-Salloum, scenographic supervisor Nettie Scriven

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The Icarus Project

The Icarus Project

2005-2007, by Peter Rumney and Nettie Scriven, directed by Adel Al–Salloum

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Dragon Breath - the play

Dragon Breath - the play

2003-4, by Peter Rumney, directed by Rosamunde Hutt, designed by Nettie Scriven

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Education Resources & Research

Education Resources & Research

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Video links

A Crack in Time

Papplewick Pumping Station & Dragon Breath Theatre education project, May-July 2015 - click thumbnails for promo videos:

Exploring Cosmos

'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.

Education Resources

What we offer

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.

Downloads

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.

Go to Jumping on my Shadow cross curriculum resources page:

Go to A Crack in Time water curriculum page:

Our team

Peter Rumney and Nettie Scriven, Artistic Directors Dragon Breath Theatre

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:

Project Partners

Cultural Organisations

Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Derby Theatre

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

Corby Cube

Ignite

Dance 4

FE & HE

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

Project Lead Schools:

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

Funders:

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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