WHO ARE WE?

We are Little Earthquake, a theatre company which was founded in 2005 by Co-Directors Gareth Nicholls and Philip Holyman. The two of us form the permanent core of the team, with Gareth working either as the director or as a performer, and with Philip onboard as the writer or dramaturg.

We also work with our brilliant Producer Zoë Roberts, and throughout 2017 our wonderful Administrative Intern is Vita Fox.

Day-to-day we are supported by our incredible Board of Directors. They ask us all the right questions and never tell us that our ideas are stupid. You can read more about our Board here.

For each project, we gather together a talented bunch of collaborators including artists, creatives, craftspeople, producers and specialist advisors. You can read more about the wonderful people we work with here.

We also work in partnership with adventurous promoters who help us to share our work with audiences, near and far. These supportive souls manage venues, curate festivals, lead rural touring schemes, and teach at schools and universities.

Gareth Nicholls
Gareth NichollsCo-Director
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Philip Holyman
Philip HolymanCo-Director
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FUNDING

We are a not-for-profit organisation. Much of our work funded by Arts Council England together with other partners on a project-by-project basis.

WHAT DO WE DO?

We make exciting, inclusive, high quality theatre for a wide range of audiences in a wide range of locations. Our projects marry striking visual images, evocative sound, crafted text, and engaging performances. Audiences are the most important ingredient in all we do, and we invite them to escape the ordinary and scupper their expectations. We strive to entertain, surprise, inspire and intrigue.

We’ve performed in theatre and studio spaces, shop windows, offices, factories, cinemas, heritage properties, libraries and school halls. Projects have included community events, literary adaptations, public interventions, new writing, storytelling, and collaboratively devised shows.

We run a wide-reaching participation and mentoring scheme, designed to increase our engagement with audiences,  students at all levels, emerging and established professional artists, and educators.

OUR PROJECTS
OUR PARTICIPATION PROGRAMME

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PROJECTS IN A NUTSHELL

Work for young people and families 50%
Work suitable for rural touring 31%
Work outside theatre spaces 62%
New writing and devised work 54%
Work from the classics 31%
Participation activities 35%

WHERE ARE WE?

We are based in Walsall, in the Black Country, which is pretty much in the middle of the UK. We make most of our work here or in nearby Birmingham before much of it tours around the UK.

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WHEN DO WE WORK?

We are planning projects, making shows, presenting work, and leading participation activities all year round. We usually make one major production each year, which is complimented by smaller events and projects.

OUR UPCOMING EVENTS

HOW DO WE WORK?

We love making work through a collaborative process in which we gather interesting people around a central idea to see what happens. Sometimes, Philip begins by writing a script and we take it from there. Now and then, like in our Young Producers project, we spend lots of time with our target audience and see what they want to make. Some of our shows are structured improvisations or public interventions that rely on our audiences to help us tell the story. These are fun because each new project springs new surprises and makes us braver.

The way in which we make work is shaped by its form, content, location, the resources available, and most importantly, who we are making it for. At the centre of all these approaches is an idea of play, and a self-imposed commandment that “thou shalt not bore”.

RUMBLINGS

Our blog, Rumblings, contains an ever-evolving record of our process, in the hope of opening it up to anyone who might be interested. The blog also includes articles about the independent theatre sector and other things we feel are worth sharing.

PARTICIPATION

If you’re really interested in the way we work, you can join in by getting involved in one of our participation activities.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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