Little Bulb Theatre is a touring company based in the southeast 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 UK 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 a Total Theatre award for Music and Theatre; Operation Greenfield (2010), a 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 (2015/16/17), both children’s Christmas shows, commissioned by the Bristol Old Vic and co-produced with Farnham Maltings.
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, several UK venues, including the Royal Opera House, on a national tour in 2015, and most recently in Australia, as part of the Brisbane Festival 2017.
This year, the company celebrates their tenth anniversary, seeing them begin work on several new commissions, before premiering their next production, The Future, in Autumn 2018.