Jabuti Theatre aim to entertain, educate and inspire creativity in people of all ages from all backgrounds using innovative, engaging and accessible theatre.

Jabuti means tortoise in Portuguese and came from a Brazilian story of a trickster tortoise (put into a book by Gerald McDermott) who plays beautiful music to all of the birds in the sky. But when a jealous crow drops him on the ground his colourful shell shatters to pieces. The birds collect the pieces and put them back together and as they do they each get a bit of colour from his shell; explaining why the toucan has a yellow and red beak, the macaw has orange feathers, the hummingbird has a green tummy, and why the tortoise has a cracked shell. The help and exchange in this tale mirrors the way I would like to exchange ideas, cultures, and stories to produce creations from my own mix of influences. Just as the birds take different colours from the tortoise; the shell is repaired by the different birds together.


Rachael Macintyre, Artistic Director, has an incredible enthusiasm for nurturing creativity through performance as well as a strong interest in politically engaged art, particularly for children. From her multi-disciplinary background come performances, workshops, and installations that captivate and inspire.

“I am fascinated by the possibilities that come from sharing ideas and expertise and also the challenges that come with this. Aerial in particular is very interesting when thinking about how to transfer this traditional circus skill into something that blends with storytelling in a theatrical sense. It is both challenging and exhilarating to see the possibilities and limits that come from using this art form in performance.

Having come from a puppetry background I have often worked with blending this skill with other art forms as it is, I feel, an art that transcends naturally into different mediums. An object or a prop can be manipulated and become a living thing in a traditional play or in a dance piece. So, from this to a medium like aerial, which doesn’t gel as easily, it is very interesting to see these shifts from one style to another.” Rachael Macintyre, Artistic Director