Support & Shop
Friends of DragonBird Theatre
An especially huge thank you to these special people for their support:
Equity South West
The Greenbank, Easton
The Funding Story So Far
In 2012 Lotte and Tilly set out to bring high-quality Early Years theatre and play to communities in and around Bristol. In the last ten years we have been incredibly fortunate to receive some public funding that has allowed us to pay for venues and performers while keeping our ticket prices as affordable as possible for families.
Now with delays in funding decisions, venues facing incredibly high running costs and families working with smaller budgets than ever, it's become almost impossible to keep DragonBird Theatre going in the way we set out to run our company ten years ago. Despite raising our ticket prices last year by a pound, we haven't been able to cover our costs for live shows and we have been forced make to some difficult decisions.
In July 2023, with support from Equity South West, we made these struggles public in the launching of a fundraising campaign and we were overwhelmed with the response. So many of you donated, sent kind messages and made us more determined than ever to do what we can to bring low-cost early years theatre, song and play to families.
Due to the incredible generosity of our supporters we were able to return to one venue per month in Bristol for Autumn 2023 and put our best foot forward in 2024 as we await funding decisions – here’s to brighter times ahead for everyone.
If you plan to come to a live session with us soon, please help us by booking as early as possible as this helps us with our financial planning. Also, we hugely rely on word of mouth recommendations. If you know any parents or grandparents who haven’t discovered us yet and would enjoy our sessions, please tell them, spread the message far and wide!
Hope to see you very soon!
DragonBird Theatre Shop
Your choice of a DragonBird Theatre online show and play-along film.*
A collection of MP3 songs from our
live sessions to sing at home.
Gift a bundle of tickets to a live DragonBird Song session in Bristol.
Name a cushion: your name embroidered on one of our iconic red cushions.
Or any other amount - we're especially grateful for any financial contribution during these tough times.
We are also grateful to have been donated an amazing selection of products and experiences by friends of DragonBird for our fundraising efforts. Take a look on our shop page:
A big thank you!
We can't thank our supporters enough for their vital support that has allowed us to keep bringing theatre, play and song to families in Bristol.
We came to one of your shows many years ago at Starry Skies festival and I was blown away. Thank you for the magic you bring to families.
We think you are absolutely fantastic, and would be devastated if you had to end your amazing sessions
You are brilliant, we love you and hope more than anything that you’ll be back with new live shows and the funding you need to spread your magic!
I’ve loved coming to DragonBird with my four year old and was so sad to hear that you’re unable to continue. Really hope DragonBird can be saved - your shows are so wonderful and joyful!
Really hope everyone chips in to help save this gem of a theatre group.
Really hope this campaign works and the council reverse this crap decision. Can’t bear the idea of no more DragonBird. What you do is so important and so enriching and nourishing.
We love DragonBird, my daughter still sings the Mango song at home. Really hope you can get the funding you need to continue your wonderful work.
The very best of luck, you guys are unique.
So much love for you guys. Our absolute favourite children’s theatre, thank you for your energy and commitment.
You’re brilliant - I hope you can keep going!
Dragonbird was always my favourite preschool activity. My boys loved your magical sessions and I want to be back in them soon!
Good luck you wonderful people! I loved coming to your sessions with both of my children and hope you can continue to bring that joy to future families!
I really do hope you raise the funds you need! What you do is invaluable for families and young people across Bristol.
Best of luck, I hope this fundraising drive means you can keep delighting audiences with your gorgeous shows.
Good Luck DragonBird! I really hope you manage to raise the funds you need.
Every child and parent needs DragonBird theatre in their life. Myself and my three children have loved your shows over the past 8 years. I know you will find a way to make this work. Positive vibes.
Children need the live experience of theatre. Keep going Dragonbirds.