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The Guardian

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Dotty is a baby fire dragon.


She lives in a dusty old castle with her grumpy dad,

Mr Dragon. She loves to watch the children playing

in the village below and wishes that she can be their friend. Then, one night, - Dotty has an idea.


When Mr Dragon is fast asleep, Dotty tip-toes away, climbs through the castle window and flies down to

the village.  She can’t wait to surprise the villagers.

After all, everyone loves surprises, - don’t they?


But not everyone loves dragons! Even a cuddly, fluffy, friendly baby fire dragon. And so, our fairytale begins.

Fantastic Outdoor Theatre Summer 2016

About the show

Brought to life by acclaimed Blunderbus Theatre, this big-hearted tale of true friendship is told with magical songs, enchanting music and exquisite puppetry.


Performed in a host of magical open-air settings, this fantastic new outdoor show is full of charm. There are plenty of laughs, lots of surprises and even a life-sized fire breathing dragon!


Little people aged 3+ will love this funny, heartwarming tale. But, big people will have lots of fun, too. You can’t help but fall in love with Dotty the Dragon.  

Fantastic Outdoor Family Theatre

If you're a venue interested in programming a family event for the summer holidays, then look no further! This is our 5th year of touring to outdoor venues from castles and country gardens to stately homes and historic courtyards. So, you're in safe hands! For Summer 2016, our fantastic outdoor show will be Dotty the Dragon, a magical fairy-tale adventure for all the family.

"Great fun!"

So, why book us?

Because our shows sell! Our outdoor tour 2015 broke all box-office records, playing to full houses from start to finish. We produce beautiful shows that appeal to a family audience and create magical theatrical experiences for everybody to share. Our shows are funny, clever and very interactive, - and our production standards are excellent.


You are booking a professional theatre show, with full scenery, puppets, props, costumes and special effects. In fact, everything you see onstage has been lovingly created by hand in our Nottinghamshire-based workshop.

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The Stage


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What we offer:


Fully self-contained show

We bring a fully self-contained outdoor show, with scenery, props, costumes, puppets and sound equip-ment. It's your choice whether you have a one act version (1 hour), or you offer your audience a two act version with a short interval (1 hour 40 mins).


We perform whatever the weather

It's an outdoor show, so we will perform even on a rainy day. Our performers

are used to telling our story in all kinds of summer weather, and if we get wet,

the show will still go on. But for our audience, we set up three large blocks of  

waterproof sheltered gazebos which can house up to 200 audience members.

So, if it rains, our audience stay nice and dry.


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                                                         When you book a Blunderbus outdoor performance, we will do our

                                                            very best to help you to promote the show. We will provide as part

                                                            of your fee, overprinted publicity for the show. This includes A5 flyers,  

                                                            and choice from A4, A3 A2 or A1 posters. Our graphic designer will

                                                            liaise with you to ensure we have the correct listings information for

                                                            your venue.


Marketing & Social Media

We really want to help sell this show, so we have put together a marketing pack for you to dip into! In the pack, you will find the following:


  • Show copy & brochure/web image

  • Production photographs

  • Box Office information sheet

  • Info about our adaptation of the story

  • Sample Press Release

  • Sample Schools Sales Letter

  • Info about Blunderbus


We will also run a social media campaign to help promote

the event; we currently have over 5000 followers across

Facebook and Twitter. But, we will always just be a phonecall

away to help support in any way we can.


Online Box Office

For a small additional fee, we can also run the online box office for you;

we can provide a 'book now' link for your website, deal with all online

ticket sales, deliver customer tickets, deal with telephone credit card

bookings and even run the box office on the day for you. You will

receive a weekly sales report to see how tickets are selling.


Site visit

One member of our team will be designated as your point

of contact, and they will arrange a time to visit your venue

to plan the logistics of the day.


Dates for 2016

We are now taking bookings for our Summer 2016

outdoor tour. You can book from 25th July - 4th Sept 2016.


Our fees

Our fees are based on your requirements, so it would be best

to speak directly to us. You can email, or call

Jeannette, Simon or Bill on +44 (0) 1636 678 911.


We really look forward to hearing from you.

Take a sneaky peek at last year's show? Take a sneaky peek at last year's show?

The link below takes you to some lovely pictures and information about our outdoor show 2015, My Pet Monster and Me. It was a box-office success!