Birdie's Adventures in the Animal Kingdom Musical

by Grace Joy Howarth in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Total raised £800

raised so far



'Birdie's Adventures in the Animal Kingdom' is an exciting, new environmental family musical coming to the Greenhouse Theatre this June.

by Grace Joy Howarth in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 26th June 2023 we'd raised £800 with 22 supporters in 62 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.


Patch Plays, a theatre company focusing on animal ethics and sustainability, are partnering with the zero-waste Greenhouse Theatre to bring new children's musical 'Birdie's Adventures in the Animal Kingdom' to the stage. 

We are raising money to pay for rehearsal space in London, and cover costs for all of the creatives involved.


‘Birdie’s Adventures in the Animal Kingdom’ is a new family musical by Grace Joy Howarth and directed by Anastasia Bunce. It aims to raise awareness to animal welfare, the environment and the climate crisis in this adventure for 5-9 year olds and their families. 1680219053_whatsapp_image_2022-11-23_at_23.26.25.jpeg

The Animal Kingdom is in chaos! The icebergs are melting, the sea levels are rising, and all the animals blame the dastardly Destroyer for the destruction of their habitats. 

10-year-old Londoner, Birdie, is celebrating her birthday, when she discovers a talking bird, called Robin. Together Birdie and Robin fly around the world on a mission to save their fellow animals, protect the environment and defeat The Destroyer. 

They journey to the ocean, the jungle and the farm, learning of the struggles of an ensemble of lovable animals. From Rory the Polar Bear, to Monty the Monkey, to Cluck the Christmas Turkey, they need our help. 

‘Birdie’s Adventures in the Animal Kingdom’ explores how one little girl can positively impact the global issues we face today. We aim to inspire children to engage with their natural environment, bolstering their imaginations and empathy through this fun family adventure show. It is a lighthearted way to introduce children to issues surrounding climate change and animal ethics, and teaches that we can all make a difference.


What will the money raised be spent on? 

Making theatre is so expensive, and even covering rehearsal space and actors fees for three performances costs thousands of pounds! 


We need: 

£500 to pay for rehearsal space

£1000 to pay for expenses for the cast and creatives

We are working on a profit-share basis, so any additional money will go towards better set, costume, props, and paying everyone more fairly. If we exceed targets, we will hire musicians so we can have live music as opposed to singing to pre-recorded instrumentals. 


We are offering some exciting rewards for those that back the project! 


What have we achieved so far?

In 2022 we had a successful Arts Council Funded period of Research and Development at the Polka Theatre and received a seed commission for a performance Harrow Arts Centre, where we carried out workshops with local children and brought Birdie's story to life, with a cast of 6 wonderful actors, and a band of 4 incredible musicians!

We are now in the process of developing the show to make it more suitable for a longer London run, and a UK tour. If we successfully fund this version of the show, who knows where Birdie may fly next!


Photography by Alex Powell. 


This project offered rewards

£30 or more

£30 - Birdsong

You receive: All previous perks, and an exclusive demo track recorded by the show's composer!

£10 or more

£10 - Welcome to the Animal Kingdom!

You receive: a tagged thank you across our social media platforms! We are so grateful, and we want to shout it from the (online) rooftops!

£20 or more

£20 - Birdie's Bestie

You receive: All previous perks, and a shout out in the programme as a Birdie's Bestie supporter!

£50 or more

£50 - Member of the Animal Kingdom

You receive: All previous perks, plus a recording of the show, to watch to your heart's content!

£100 or more

£100 - You Can See Everything!

You receive: All previous perks, plus a peek into rehearsals! We will invite you to a special dress rehearsal of the show, and give you a chance to meet the creatives! If you aren't local to London and aren't able to attend, we will record a backstage, behind-the-scenes video, and send you footage of the dress rehearsal.

£500 or more

£500 - Saviour of the Animal Kingdom!

You receive: All previous perks, plus lifelong gratitude, a personalised song written by the composer, a personalised thank you video from the cast, and a super exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime prop from the show!

£1,000 or more

£1000 - A little thing called MAGIC!

You receive: All previous perks, plus eternal gratitude, plus an agreed upon request. Do you want a vegan cake made by the composer? Done. Do you want a directing workshop with our wonderful director Anastasia Bunce? You've got it. Do you want a cast recording of the show? It's yours. Fancy an in-depth chat about the writing process of a new musical? No problem! If you have a reasonable request, we'll try to make it happen!

£5,000 or more

£5000 - The Secret Tier

You receive: All previous perks, plus a deeply buried video of the director Anastasia and writer Grace trying (and failing) to perform and make up the choreography of the opening number. This short video is stored deep in the vaults, folks, and we said it would never see the light of day... but for £5000...?

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