The Birth of Butterflies by Lynn Brittney

£16.00 incl. zero VAT

At least 30 speaking parts but this is flexible.

A beautiful and lyrical short play, taken from an Australian Aboriginal legend, explaining their version of Creation and how the caterpillar came to transform into a beautiful butterfly. Links to Aboriginal music and mystical background music are included, plus one easy Aboriginal song, with a link to YouTube for rehearsal purposes. A valuable addition to the study of Natural Sciences and Ancient Cultures.


In the beginning, so the Aboriginal legend says, the Earth was fully formed but it was cold and dark, so the Sun Goddess came down and sent her children, the Sun Rays to bring warmth and light to every corner of the world. This warmth and light allowed all living things to grow and soon the Earth was populated with living creatures. But this was before Man. Then, on day, when a bird dies, the creatures begin to wonder what happens after death and they decide that you must change into something else. The hibernating animals try to see if they can change during their long winter sleep but it doesn’t work. But the caterpillars decide that they, more than any other creature, want to become beautiful and be able to fly and visit all the beautiful flowers. So they spin themselves a chrysalis and go to sleep, only to awaken as colourful butterflies. The play is a celebration of nature and gives a message to the audience that ‘you can be anything you want to be, if you believe hard enough.’

At least 30 speaking parts but this is flexible.

As with all our plays, there are full production notes that give advice on scenery, props and costumes.

See a sample of The Birth of Butterflies