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Quirky Bird Theatre is full of creativity and innovation

Stunning....superb directorial interpretation

The entire performance was brilliant and all actors had fantastic character portrayal.’


We have been around since 2015 making theatre, creating opportunities and celebrating young imaginations. 


At the heart of everything we do are young people - from our quirky and energetic classes to our popular tours and workshops for schools, our aim is to inspire creativity and confidence and bring the arts into people's lives.

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“I’ve seen DNA three times including the original National Theatre version and this is the best production I’ve seen”

The Quirky Team



Anna Friend has been working as a Director and teacher for the past 16 years after completing her PGCE at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has always been passionate about bringing theatre into everyone's everyday experience and making it accessible and exciting for audiences and participants alike.


She has founded and run two Youth Theatre companies, inspiring many members to continue onto to further training in the arts. Quirky Bird Theatre has gained a reputation for compelling, surprising theatre with young actors at the heart of it. She directed the phenomenal Wroughton Passion Play from Gatecrash Theatre and 'Tusk Tusk' which won several awards at the All England Theatre Festival. Most recently she has directed DNA by Dennis Kelly and That Face by Polly Stenham which both tour schools and colleges across the UK. Other projects include Spur of the Moment by Anya Reiss at the Shoebox Theatre, Heartbreak Beautiful by Christopher William Hill and the 2018 Old Town Nativity. In 2021 Quirky Bird will be adding to their popular schools tour to enable more students to access theatre in the light of the COVID 19 crisis.


Anna is also Resident Director at one of Bristol's much loved studio theatre's, The Alma Tavern Theatre. She directed and performed in their debut homegrown production of 'Two' by Jim Cartwright and has received 5* reviews for her adaptation of the Ibsen classic 'A Dolls House' and 'flawless' interpretation of Mike Leigh's 'Abigail's Party'. Most recently she starred in the one woman tour-de-force 'Shirley Valentine' by Willy Russell which is set to return to the stage in November 2020.


Quirky Bird Theatre runs classes for 4 - 19 year olds, professional productions for young actors, schools packages and one-to-one Speech and Drama lessons.


She lives in Wiltshire with her family and holds a current DBS check.

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