Big Telly Theatre Company


Big Telly is a professional theatre company and charitable arts organisation based in Portstewart. The organisation has been running since 1987 and since then they have established an excellent reputation for pushing the boundaries of traditional theatre and developing new audiences, through innovative participation programmes and creative collaborations. As part of their outreach work, they developed the pioneering ‘Spring Chickens’ programme, which introduced older people to the tools of theatre, helping empower and build confidence through theatre based skills.

Since 2004, the organisation has received 6 grants from the Foundation totaling £20,586, towards their outreach work. In 2014, they received a £3,000 grant towards the ‘Machinations’ project, which engaged isolated older men from Men’s Shed and local men’s groups, in a series of creative workshops facilitated by artists. This resulted in the creation of 10 sculptures created out of scrap materials, which enabled each of the men’s groups to tell their own story.

In 2016, the organisation received an award of £3,000 towards the ‘Tweetland Bird Boxes Project’. The project engaged primary school children from disadvantaged areas and local older men’s groups in an intergenerational project. Through a series of artist led workshops, the older men participants constructed 6 fairy themed bird houses, which had been designed by the children and then shown as a new visitor trail at Flowerfield Arts Centre. The project helped develop the creative and imaginative skills of the young and older people involved, widening the reach of the organisation’s work.

Zoe Seaton (Artistic Director) commented, ‘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.’


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Clifton House Heritage Centre
2 North Queen Street
Belfast BT15 1ES

T: 028 9032 3000

Registered in Northern Ireland Number 19019

Company Limited by Guarantee

Charity Number: NIC101763

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