Why Dirliebane?

(It's Scots for funny bone!)

Dirliebane Theatre Company creates clown theatre performances for children, young people and their families.

Our shows involve gentle, character clowning that creates naïve, optimistic, fun, light, strong characters that children and young people can engage with. We develop our shows and films with the help of children and young people to access and explore their thoughts and experiences at key stages in their lives.

LATEST UPDATES

COLLABORATION WITH STARCATCHERS – January to March 2024. We are excited to be working with Starcatchers (www.starcatchers.org.uk) on a new show for babies under 12 months. We’ve already completed two development phases and are excited to be bringing the show to full production.

BOUNCE – The Marshmallow Challenge.
Sally and Destiny are ‘Challenge Enthusiasts’ and are embarking on their biggest challenge yet – The Marshmallow Challenge! For P3s-P5s, focussing on emotional health and wellbeing. Check out the ‘Our Shows,’ ‘Bounce’ page.
BOUNCE is a live theatre production. We toured schools January to March 2023 and performed at Dundee Rep and The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen. This follows on from our tour October 2021 to March 2022 touring schools and performing at Perth Theatre. BOUNCE, so far, has been seen by over 2000 children! We’re intending to tour BOUNCE again in 2025.

BOUNCE – Virtual Reality –  January to June 2022.  We have finished working with filmmakers Neon8 (www.neon8.scot), Perth Theatre and five Primary schools researching and developing Virtual Reality theatre. This project was funded by Creative Scotland. You can find out more at ‘Our Films’ ‘BOUNCE – Virtual Reality’ page. 

SIT, STAND, LIE (working title). We have completed research observing and playing with the three body positions, sitting, standing and lying, with babies under 15 months. We are looking for funding to develop a clown theatre show for babies based on our initial development with was funded by the Starcatchers PlayFund. This is one of our plans for 2023. 

BOUNCE – Challenge Enthusiasts are five short films currently available free for children in P2-P5 (aged 6-10). These comedy films follow challenge enthusiasts Sally and Destiny, who discover that their challenges unearth all sorts of emotions. These films explore emotional literacy, and resource packs are also available. Check out the ‘Our Films,’ ‘Bounce – Challenge Enthusiasts’ page.

SPACE – How to be Ready For Anything are five short films currently available free for children aged P6-P7 (aged 9-12). The two characters – Stella and Dorothy – have to create a new online presentation with the theme How to be Ready For Anything, exploring the strategies required to keep well and healthy. Stella and Dorothy prove that they are, nearly almost, ready for anything. These films explore health and wellbeing and resource packs are also available. Check out the ‘Our Films,’ ‘Space – How to be Ready For Anything’ page.

SOUND ADVENTURES. These sound adventures were created for children and young people with PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities).  Each Sound Adventure will take you on a different emotional journey – there may be smiles, giggles, frowns and scowls! Our aim is to stimulate and engage. All you need is a quiet space to listen. Check out the ‘Our Sounds’ page.

Our other live theatre productions;

BIG (for nursery children transitioning to Primary 1, toured 2016, 2019 and 2021) SPACE (for Primary 7s transitioning to High School, toured 2018, 2019 and 2021). These will tour again in the future.

THE CINNAMON SISTERS is a Christmas show for the under 5s, which performed at Perth Theatre in December 2021. It’s Decorating Day for Auntie Susan (she likes things neat) and Auntie Delilah (she likes things sparkly). Check out the ‘Our Shows’, ‘The Cinnamon Sisters’ page. ‘The Cinnamon Sisters’ is available for future performances at venues. 

Why Dirliebane?

(It's Scots for funny bone!)

Dirliebane Theatre Company creates clown theatre performances for children, young people and their families.

Our shows involve gentle, character clowning that creates naïve, optimistic, fun, light, strong characters that children and young people can engage with. We develop our shows and films with the help of children and young people to access and explore their thoughts and experiences at key stages in their lives.

 

LATEST UPDATES

COLLABORATION WITH STARCATCHERS – January to March 2024. We are excited to be working with Starcatchers (www.starcatchers.org.uk) on a new show for babies under 12 months. We’ve already completed two development phases and are excited to be bringing the show to full production.

BOUNCE – The Marshmallow Challenge.
Sally and Destiny are ‘Challenge Enthusiasts’ and are embarking on their biggest challenge yet – The Marshmallow Challenge! For P3s-P5s, focussing on emotional health and wellbeing. Check out the ‘Our Shows,’ ‘Bounce’ page.
BOUNCE is a live theatre production. We toured schools January to March 2023 and performed at Dundee Rep and The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen. This follows on from our tour October 2021 to March 2022 touring schools and performing at Perth Theatre. BOUNCE, so far, has been seen by over 2000 children! We’re intending to tour BOUNCE again in 2025.

BOUNCE – Virtual Reality –  January to June 2022.  We have finished working with filmmakers Neon8 (www.neon8.scot), Perth Theatre and five Primary schools researching and developing Virtual Reality theatre. This project was funded by Creative Scotland. You can find out more at ‘Our Films’ ‘BOUNCE – Virtual Reality’ page. 

Dirliebane Theatre Company creates clown theatre performances for children, young people and their families.

Our shows involve gentle, character clowning that creates naïve, optimistic, fun, light, strong characters that children and young people can engage with. We develop our shows and films with the help of children and young people to access and explore their thoughts and experiences at key stages in their lives.

 

LATEST UPDATES

BOUNCE – Virtual Reality –  January to June 2022.  We have finished working with filmmakers Neon8 (www.neon8.scot), Perth Theatre and five Primary schools researching and developing Virtual Reality theatre. This project was funded by Creative Scotland. You can find out more at ‘Our Films’ ‘BOUNCE – Virtual Reality’ page. 

BOUNCE – The Marshmallow Challenge.
Sally and Destiny are ‘Challenge Enthusiasts’ and are embarking on their biggest challenge yet – The Marshmallow Challenge! For P3s-P5s, focussing on emotional health and wellbeing. Check out the ‘Our Shows,’ ‘Bounce’ page.
BOUNCE is a live theatre production which toured schools through the academic year 2021-22. We visited 13 schools, 1 venue, had 36 performances and 1250 audience members. Phew! The good news is that we will be touring again in 2023. 

SIT, STAND, LIE (working title). We have completed research observing and playing with the three body positions, sitting, standing and lying, with babies under 15 months. We are looking for funding to develop a clown theatre show for babies based on our initial development with was funded by the Starcatchers PlayFund. This is one of our plans for 2023. 

SIT, STAND, LIE (working title). We have completed research observing and playing with the three body positions, sitting, standing and lying, with babies under 15 months. We are looking for funding to develop a clown theatre show for babies based on our initial development with was funded by the Starcatchers PlayFund. This is one of our plans for 2023.

BOUNCE – Challenge Enthusiasts are five short films currently available free for children in P2-P5 (aged 6-10). These comedy films follow challenge enthusiasts Sally and Destiny, who discover that their challenges unearth all sorts of emotions. These films explore emotional literacy, and resource packs are also available. Check out the ‘Our Films,’ ‘Bounce – Challenge Enthusiasts’ page.

SPACE – How to be Ready For Anything are five short films currently available free for children aged P6-P7 (aged 9-12). The two characters – Stella and Dorothy – have to create a new online presentation with the theme How to be Ready For Anything, exploring the strategies required to keep well and healthy. Stella and Dorothy prove that they are, nearly almost, ready for anything. These films explore health and wellbeing and resource packs are also available. Check out the ‘Our Films,’ ‘Space – How to be Ready For Anything’ page.

SOUND ADVENTURES. These sound adventures were created for children and young people with PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities).  Each Sound Adventure will take you on a different emotional journey – there may be smiles, giggles, frowns and scowls! Our aim is to stimulate and engage. All you need is a quiet space to listen. Check out the ‘Our Sounds’ page.

Our other live theatre productions;

BIG (for nursery children transitioning to Primary 1, toured 2016, 2019 and 2021) SPACE (for Primary 7s transitioning to High School, toured 2018, 2019 and 2021). These will tour again in the future.

THE CINNAMON SISTERS is a Christmas show for the under 5s, which performed at Perth Theatre in December 2021. It’s Decorating Day for Auntie Susan (she likes things neat) and Auntie Delilah (she likes things sparkly). Check out the ‘Our Shows’, ‘The Cinnamon Sisters’ page. ‘The Cinnamon Sisters’ is available for future performances at venues. 

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“That was perfect. It was a perfect show. There is nothing else out there like it. The children loved it. You were the kids and they were you.” Deputy Head on BIG