Big Telly Theatre Company

Formed in 1987, Big Telly is the longest established professional theatre company in Northern Ireland.  The company’s range and scale of work is unparalleled with its reputation for innovation built upon distinctive theatre productions and internationally alongside NI wide participation programmes and creative collaborations.


‘Spring Chickens’ is their pioneering older people’s creative arts programme.  Older people (60+) are introduced to new skills and imaginative techniques through the tools of the theatre helping them develop their confidence and find their real voice so they can articulate their needs to policy and decision makers.


Tweetland Bird Boxes Project


Big Telly wished to connect the local community with the natural environment by supporting 4 key stage 2 primary school classes and 2 older men’s group to make Bird Boxes as part of a craft art and story trail visitor experience at Flowerfield Park, Portstewart.


Led by a professional craft artist, the men constructed Bird boxes, 6 nesting ‘Birdhouses’ placed high up, and led by the pupils, 6 fairy village themed ‘Birdhouses’ placed at a child’s height. Through the peep hole on the fairy doors (inaccessible by birds), you can see the miniature presents the fairies have left for the birds after their long haul flight, e.g. mushroom, wellington boots, fairy garden cabbage, lantern. Pupils researched the birds along the North Coast, including migratory nesting habits, countries they migrate from, which will form part of the launch exhibition and the BirdBox trail leaflet for the public.


This 12 week intergenerational project culminated on Summer Solstice, 21st June 2016, with the launch of the BirdBoxes story trail and schools exhibition at Flowerfield Arts Centre Park Portstewart to an invited audience of project participants and guests, before being available to the public as a visitor experience.


Big Telly were awarded £3,000 towards the Tweetland Bird Boxes Project.



‘Big Telly Theatre Company are delighted to have received funding from Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland. Big Telly’s faerie trail at Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart is a series of faerie houses, designed by children from local schools and made by local men’s groups.  The faerie houses reflect the personalities of magical characters inspired by new stories by Ballymoney-based writer Jane Talbot, as well as birdlife in the park.’

Zoe Seaton,

Artistic Director

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