Project Description

Blast off with Little Earthquake on a fantastic voyage which spans three continents, four hundred years and half a million miles, where four sad souls reach out to imaginary lunar landscapes in an attempt to make sense of their earthbound existence.

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IT’S ONLY A PAPER MOON

A LITTLE EARTHQUAKE PRODUCTION

The research and development for It’s Only A Paper Moon has been funded by
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

With support from
CHINA PLATE, BIRMINGHAM REP, MAC, WARWICK ARTS CENTRE, STAN’S CAFE AND A. E. HARRIS

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Blast off with Little Earthquake on a fantastic voyage which spans three continents, four hundred years and half a million miles, where four sad souls reach out to imaginary lunar landscapes in an attempt to make sense of their earthbound existence.

A misfit who thinks he is a werewolf is shut away in a secluded convent… A struggling stage conjurer discovers the magical new world of cinema and points his camera to the heavens… A retired astronaut mixes moon dust into his palette of paints as he tries to recapture his space odyssey… A grieving orphan finds out that he was once a miracle baby, conceived by the light of a fake full moon…

Mixing multimedia and multiple languages with shadow play and silent movie slapstick, It’s Only A Paper Moon is sometimes sad, sometimes thrilling and at other times deliciously silly. Take a giant leap with Little Earthquake as they offer new insights into the pock-marked sphere of stone hovering up in the night sky and a new appreciation of how extraordinary the world is down here.

CAST

First Bite:
Alan Bean / Jean Grenier / Mani Hopkins | Philip Holyman
Barney Hopkins / Samuel Worthington | Gareth Nicholls
Sister Gabrielle / Louise Hopkins | Natalie Wilson

Bite Size:
Sister Gabrielle / Eugénie Méliès / Louise Hopkins | Kayleigh Cottam
Samuel Worthington / Georges Méliès | Philip Holyman
Gaston Méliès / William Manners | Gareth Nicholls

Research & Development:
Prof. Helena Swann / Candela / Sister Mariette / Jehanne d’Alcy | Kayleigh Cottam
Noémie / Louise Hopkins / Sister Gabrielle / Eugénie Méliès | Charlotte Gregory
Samuel Lansdowne Worthington / Guillaume / Benjamin / Georges Méliès / Mani Hopkins | Philip Holyman
Alan Bean / Barney Hopkins / Jean Grenier | Laurence Saunders

Birmingham REP Workshop:
Ezra Khan
Liz Murtagh
Lorna Nickson Brown
Nicolas Woodman

CREATIVE TEAM

Director & Deviser | Gareth Nicholls
Writer & Deviser | Philip Holyman
Deviser | Kayleigh Cottam
Deviser | Charlotte Gregory
Deviser | Laurence Saunders
Deviser | Natalie Wilson
Dramaturge (Birmingham REP workshop) | Tessa Walker
Set Construction | Nicholas Nicholls

FOR LITTLE EARTHQUAKE

Co-Directors | Gareth Nicholls and Philip Holyman