Tuesday 20 November 2018

Off-West End - Shows

Little Bulb Theatre's acclaimed production of Orpheus returns to its Grand Hall home as part of Battersea Arts Centre's Phoenix Season, following a national and international tour.
Orpheus at Battersea Arts Centre

Image: Battersea Arts Centre

Little Bulb Theatre's original musical re-imagining of the epic Greek myth, Orpheus is inspired by the music of legendary jazz guitarist, Django Reinhardt.

Audiences are transported to 1930s Paris where charismatic songstress Yvette Pépin has cajoled the guitar virtuoso, Django Reinhardt, into joining her in a brand new production of Orpheus.

He plays the tragic hero, she plays his lost love Eurydice.

Together with her troupe of operatic players she tells the thrilling tale of Orpheus's ill-fated descent into the underworld, set to a live score of hot club jazz, opera and French chanson.

As for previous runs, the Grand Hall will once again be transformed into an opulent 1930s music hall, offering audiences a joyous night out in a bygone era.

Orpheus is written and devised by Little Bulb Theatre and directed by Alexander Scott, with design by Mary Drummond, puppets by Max Humphries and sound design by Ed Clarke.

It is performed by Clare Beresford, Dominic Conway, Miriam Gould, Eugénie Pastor, Charlie Penn, Tom Penn, Alexander Scott and Shamira Turner.

Little Bulb Theatre, formed in 2008, are known for their genre-shifting approach and readiness to embrace fresh challenges.

From fantastical balletic farce to folk opera and intimate character pieces - no two shows are ever the same.

Developed over two years at Battersea Arts Centre, Orpheus is the company's most ambitious production to date.

Music has played an integral part in all of Little Bulb's past productions, but Orpheus puts it right at its heart: it is entirely sung-through in a veritable musical feast including original compositions alongside Bach, Monteverdi, Edith Piaf and Debussy.

Little Bulb Theatre's long-standing relationship with Battersea Arts Centre began with Fringe First Award winning Crocosmia in 2008.

They returned in 2012 with the Herald Angel Award-winning Operation Greenfield, then with two shows for children - Antarctica (2014), and The Night That Autumn Turned To Winter (2016).

Most recently, they opened Battersea Arts Centre's open-air courtyard with Extravaganza Macabre (2016 and 2017).

Orpheus holds a special place in Battersea Arts Centre's recent history - as well as delighting audiences and critics' in two previous Grand Hall runs, the former Town Hall's Victorian pipe organ was partially restored to be played in this production.

There will be a relaxed performance of Orpheus on Wednesday 12 December, an audio described performance on 13 December (matinee) and BSL interpreted shows on Thursday 20 December and Saturday 22 December (matinee).


A magnifique night out in jazz-age Paris.

Prepare to be transported to 1930's Paris where legendary musician, Django Reinhardt, has been cast as the lead in a new production of Orpheus.

Your host for the evening is the charismatic songstress Yvette Pépin.

With her troupe of operatic players she will perform the thrilling tale of Orpheus's ill-fated descent into the underworld to reclaim his lost love, Eurydice.

Set to a fabulous live score of hot club jazz, opera and French chanson, Orpheus is a musical re-imagining of the epic Greek myth.

The Grand Hall will be transformed into an opulent music hall for a joyous night out in a bygone era, with plenty of song, food and wine.


Production: Little Bulb Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre Production, in association with Farnham Maltings


Battersea Arts Centre
Lavender Hill
SW11 5TN


From: Wednesday 5 December 2018

Closes: Sunday 30 December 2018



Stalls: £15 - £26

Cabaret Seats: £26 - £35

Cabaret Table Packages: From £160 per table (£40 per head)

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