Little Bulb Theatre is a touring company based in the South East of England. They are committed to developing devised and physical theatre performances that explore and illuminate minute human details which, in a world so big are easily swallowed up. Combining innovative character work, beautiful imagery and original music, they aspire to create performances that with humour and sadness will touch, startle and entertain.
The company was formed in 2008 at the University of Kent, where its founding members collaborated for the first time on the company's debut production, Crocosmia. This premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later that year, and went on to win a Fringe First, Total Theatre and Arches Brick award before touring both in the U.K. and abroad. They have since gone on to produce a variety of work from intimate music gigs to experimental dance pieces. These include Sporadical (2009, nominated for Total Theatre award for Music and Theatre), Operation Greenfield (2010, Herald Angel Award winner), The Marvellous and Unlikely Fete of Little Upper Downing (2011/12, a rural touring production commissioned by Farnham Maltings), Squally Showers (2013, performed at the National Theatre as part of the First Editions Festival), Antarctica (2013/14) and The Night that Autumn Turned to Winter (2015/16) (both children’s Christmas shows commissioned by Bristol Old Vic).
Orpheus, the company’s largest-scale production to date, was first commissioned in 2013 by Battersea Arts Centre as a location-specific performance for the venue’s Grand Hall. It went on to be performed at the Salzberg Festival 2014 and recently completed a national tour of the UK.
They have just opened a London run of Wail, a part-gig, part-lecture, two hander about the songs of humpback whales (originally developed in partnership with the Nuffield Laboratory), and this summer the company will open Battersea Arts Centre's new courtyard theatre with a Victoriana melodrama, Extravaganza Macabre.