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From small beginnings to an iconic international stage. Help us take Daffodils to the world's most famous arts festival.

OUR JOURNEY... started with a true story from our own backyard. Based on the Bright family from Hamilton, Daffodils is about Rose and Eric. He was a teddy boy, she was a farm girl. They met at the lake by the daffodils. Same place Eric's parents met 20 years earlier. Fate? Perhaps. 

Daffodils remixes iconic NZ songs - from Jordan Luck to Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga to The Mint Chicks. We premiered at Q Theatre's Loft in 2014, with Stephanie Brown, Colleen Davis, Todd Emerson, Fen Ikner and Abraham Kunin.

Thanks to kiwis across the country we've been able to play in 12 cities around NZ, sold out 3 times in Auckland and have toured across the ditch.

OUR BIGGEST GIG TO DATE... Daffodils has been selected to play at the iconic Traverse Theatre this August, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We will be performing 21 shows in 24 days. It's been a dream of ours to play at the Traverse, as it is a theatre we greatly admire, a place that has launched some of our favourite international artists.

HOW YOU CAN HELP... Thanks to Creative New Zealand, we have received a grant to cover travel costs. However, we still have a massive amount to raise to get the show up. We need your support to help us cover accommodation for 9 people for a whole month in Scotland, as well as sound and technical equipment hire. With these things in place, we know we can present Daffodils at it's best.

A donation of any amount, big or small, would mean the world to us.

Dame Jenny Gibbs has very generously come on board as a key donor for Daffodils. Dame Jenny Gibbs will match every dollar for dollar up to $5,000. Thank you Dame Jenny Gibbs for supporting us on this big adventure.

Thank you! 

 

UPDATES

  • Daffodils wrap-up

    9 MONTHS AGO

    Greetings supporters of Daffodils!

    From all of us at Bullet Heart Club, we wish you a happy and safe holiday.

    We did it! Thanks to you and our match donor Dame Jenny Gibbs, we took Daffodils to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We could not have done it without your boosted support.

    From day one the team at the Traverse Theatre went out of their way to make us feel completely at home in the venue. We met some amazing international artists and our team of 9 (with a new life on the way with Steph 7 months pregnant) survived the madness in what is the biggest arts festival in the world.

    Thanks to your generous support:

    - Daffodils featured in the curated Traverse Theatre Festival programme on the mainstage (studio 1).

    - We presented 21 performances to over 3,145 people from around the world.

    - For 24 days Daffodils performed in rotation, alongside world-class productions from The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Gate Theatre Company and international legends Daniel Kitson and Mark Thomas.

    Highlights:

    - Daffodils received a major award. A Scotsman Fringe First for 'innovation and outstanding new writing'

    - We gave a guest performance of Daffodils on BBC Radio with host Janice Forsyth

    - A short selection of Daffodils was performed at the launch of Edinburgh Festivals Magazine in the Assembly Gardens

    - Our team performed ‘Fall at your feet’ at the final Scotsman Awards ceremony, inside the Famous Spiegeltent

    - Rochelle’s mother, the inspiration behind Daffodils, came to Edinburgh to see the show and was at the Fringe First awards ceremony.

     

    Below is a photo of our team receiving the Fringe First with Linda Crooks of the Traverse.

    The Edinburgh expereince was a rollar coster ride that will stay with us for a lifetime.

    We hope we made you proud!

    Merry Christmas!
    Xoxo Bullet Heart Club

    Daffodils wrap-up
  • Edinburgh here we come!

    15 MONTHS AGO

    We have reached our target! Thanks to everyone who has donated, attended our gala and thanks to Creative New Zealand, we can say officially say DAFFODILS is on its way to the Traverse Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August. We are so grateful to our match donor Dame Jenny Gibbs, our Boosted angels, friends and family for their generosity and belief in our team.

    Throughout this past month, we have had so many moments of joy and thankfulness. There has been many 'happy dances', geeky 'high-fives' and 'swear-words-of-joy', as people have shown us so much love. Thanks to everyone who shared our links and commented on our social media... you know who you are. THANK YOU!

    Did you know the man behind Eric - the inspiration of DAFFODILS - as a young 21 year old from Hamilton went to Edinburgh in the late 60's? He travelled alone. Checked out the castle. He stayed in a hotel, that he came back too late to after the pub one night, and had to pay extra to stay at another hotel. He might have been just another tourist from a small town in the crowd - but this year, even though he has been gone now for 20 years, his story, his life will feature on a main stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. That is what makes us feel most proud, and the most thankful to all of you for helping us make happen.

    DAFFODILS is now on the wall of the Traverse Theatre Bar. We're in the foyer, and we're in the program. You can check out the full Traverse Festival program, and the companies we will be standing alongside (including the Royal Shakespeare Company) in the video below...

    We'd love to keep in touch and share with you our Edinburgh adventures. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @bulletheartclub

    xo Bullet Heart Club

    Edinburgh here we come!
  • 4 days to go!

    15 MONTHS AGO

    We want to say a huge thank you to our theatre and music industry friends and family for donating. Your support and faith in us is what keep us going!

    Over the last few weeks, we have been so humbled to receive support from some of our heroes - Jacinda Ardern, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Tama Waipara, Jed Brophy (who performed himself at the Traverse in 1998), Jay Ryan, Esther Stephens, Sam Scott... to name a few.

    We sitting on 70% with 4 days to go. We still have a way to go! 

    Ever wondered what the original songwriters featured in DAFFODILS thought of the show? Here's what NZ music legend Jordan Luck had to say...

  • Reccy & ready

    15 MONTHS AGO

    We’re ½ way there! Thank you to everyone who have generously given. We’ve been blown away by your support. We still have a long way to go… but we’re ready for the challenge.

    Last week we previewed Daffodils at the Salisbury International Arts Festival. We tested the show in front of our first English audience. They were quieter than what we’re used to, however post show we saw lots of tears and received lots of great feedback - proving Rose and Eric’s story can connect with an international audience. 

    With so much on the line - the team took time out after Salisbury to drive up to Edinburgh for a reccy at the Traverse Theatre. We caught up with Artistic Director Orla O'Loughlin and the rest of the Traverse team who we'll be working with throughout the festival. We feel so lucky to be given the chance to work with some of the best in Edinburgh. With your support, we will be back there performing in Studio 1 in less than 2 months!

    Want to know more about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe? We asked Metro’s Editor-in-large Simon Wilson, this is what he had to say...

    Reccy & ready
  • Thanks to the ladies!

    16 MONTHS AGO

    Thanks to all the ladies - the mums, nanas, sisters and girlfriends who have supported us at the start of our Boosted campaign to take Daffodils to Edinburgh.

    This week has been all about celebrating female artists. Last Friday we had a very special performance of Daffodils on the grand stage at the Auckland Town Hall, thanks to Auckland Live. We were graced with special guest performances by some of our favourite kiwi singer/songwriters: Anika Moa, Tami Neilson, Julia Deans and Trip Pony. These amazing ladies rocked out the night, with killer voices and some seriously funny interludes - we're talking about you Anika! We are so thankful for their support, alongside our MC Chris Parker. We could not have done it without you all!

    Daffodils to Edinburgh has made a great start! Thank you to our mums, nanas and sisters who have kindly donated so far. Thank you for having such faith in us. 

    We still have a long way to go.

    Need more convincing to give? We asked the wonderful actress Antonia Prebble: why should kiwis support Daffodils to Edinburgh? Take a look at the video below-

     

     

    Thanks to the ladies!