Project Description

A theatrical response to Edgar Allan Poe’s tales of being buried alive. Cremation never sounded so good.

The Premature Burial Poster

THE PREMATURE BURIAL

A LITTLE EARTHQUAKE PRODUCTION

The creation of The Premature Burial was funded by
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

Set materials were supplied by
PATTERNS (DERBY) LTD

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Watch through the cracks in your fingers as Little Earthquake presents a perversely pleasurable story of romance gone wrong. Two lonely hearts are brought closer by mysterious packages and an unforgettable picnic, while Troy the melancholy hamster unwittingly goes for a final spin on his wheel.

All alone in the middle of a big city, in a room piled high with dog-eared books and dead Venus flytraps, a man spends his days building death-defying contraptions. Obsessed by Edgar Allan Poe’s stories of premature burial, he lives in mounting terror of being buried alive. When his waking hours become a living nightmare, he resorts to increasingly desperate measures in his battle against a fate worse than death.

CAST (in order of appearance)

Him | Gareth Nicholls
Her | Megan Collins (2006 previews)
Her | Natalie Wilson (2007 tour)

CREATIVE TEAM

Director | Gareth Nicholls
Writer & Assistant Director | Philip Holyman
Music | Erica Reed
Sound Design | Huey McEvoy
Set Design & Construction | Nicholas Nicholls
Additional Design | Barbara Nicholls
‘Troy’ Design | The Sisters Dolby
Lighting Design | Gareth Nicholls

FOR LITTLE EARTHQUAKE

Co-Directors | Gareth Nicholls and Philip Holyman