An Elizabethan woman stitches a beard from her pubic hair to marry the woman she loves. A Punjabi-speaking Muslim girl tries to make her parents understand who she is by translating the untranslatable. A drag queen fighting in World War II must literally lip sync for her life.
In a subterranean network of tunnels deep beneath London, a band of real-life queer misfits from across time have gathered. These are people you’ve never heard of, with extraordinary stories they’ve never shared. But now - through monologue, dance, music, glitter and lots and lots of noise - they’re raising the roof. They’re creating vibrations which they hope will reverberate up through the thick, muddy layers of time, into the right-here-right-now. “Deeply moving yet extremely funny” (Inter:Mission), butterfly is a show full of laughs, goosebumps and wonder in equal measure.Book Now
Bedlam Chorus is a theatre company which tells un(der)told stories in spectacular ways. Described by Epigram as “a real creative powerhouse”, we find stories that the world hasn’t heard before but can’t live without. We bring together different voices: dancers, musicians, actors, poets... we throw them together and work out how each story demands to be told. We like our stages messy, our rooms cold and our music two notches too loud. Think bedroom dancing, not ballroom dancing.
Sam Arbor (director & co-writer) is a filmmaker turned theatre maker. Having won the BFI’s ‘most promising newcomer’ award aged 16, his work in film includes Lifeline, which was nominated for BAFTA-qualifying Best Narrative Short at RIIFF. His most recent film project is Yandass.mov, a dance film commissioned by Channel 4, with music by electronic duo Underworld.
As director, credits include: Bird (Bedlam Chorus) & A View From the Bridge (Winston Theatre). As assistant director, credits include: CHAOS (Bristol Old Vic Studio).
Clodagh Chapman (narrative director & co-writer) is a dramaturg & theatre maker. At the age of 18, she became one of the youngest ever creatives to have work nominated for an Off West End Award. More recently, she received the Bristol Outstanding Award for director-facilitating LGBTQ+ work. Currently, Clodagh is training at RCSSD.
As writer/co-writer, credits include: Postscript (Tobacco Factory) & Feel The Love (Chickenshed). As director, credits include: an inalienable right (Wickham Theatre).
Ben Orr (producer) has been producing theatre on the fringe circuit since 2016, including at VAULT Festival & the Edinburgh Fringe, where his productions have consistently received EdFringe Sell-Out ribbons. His productions have also toured both nationally and internationally & gone on to win awards including the Best New Writing Award at the International Gay Theatre Festival.
As producer, credits include: Fudge, Marmite & Ginger Beer (Limerence Productions).Book Now
Inter:Mission **** “An electrifying and immersive theatre experience”
Epigram **** “Relevant, important and emotive”
Audience response “Explosive, passionate and heartfelt”
Backstage Bristol “One of those rare pieces of theatre that made me want to read a bit more after”
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