Little Bulb are back at Battersea Arts Centre this spring with a revival of Orpheus – a co production with Battersea Arts Centre. First staged last year but returning due to popular demand for a six-week run and in August, they will be take Orpheus to Salzburg Festival where the Artistic Director Alex Scott has been nominated for the Young Director’s Award, in recognition of the show’s genre-bending innovation.
Be transported to 1930s 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 performs the thrilling tale of Orpheus’s ill-fated descent into the underworld to reclaim his lost love, Eurydice.
Here’s a sneak peek of ‘The Story of Orpheus & Eurydice’
Battersea Arts Centre’s Great Hall complete with its 20th Century organ will be transformed into a 1930’s music hall for a glamorous and unforgettable evening. On Friday and Saturday night, there will be opportunity to join Little Bulb for more live music and dancing after the show.
Orpheus received a 5-star review from The Times, and here are the rest of the reviews from last year…
“percussionist Tom Penn sings a plea for the lovers in his silvery falsetto, the fragility and stillness are heartrending” **** The Guardian
“superb music, taut, funny character acting and a firm sense of the absurd” **** The Telegraph
“To describe them as actors who play instruments and sing doesn’t begin to do them justice.” **** Arts Desk
“The delicate interlacing of the mythical figure of Orpheus with the reality of Reinhardt’s talent, stitched together with evocative tones sounds complex, but by taking on the qualities of a silent movie, the company execute their vision with clarity.” **** WhatsOnStage
And here’s a snapshot of what people said on Twitter…
— JoCaird (@JoCaird) April 16, 2013
— The Suitcase Royale (@SuitcaseRoyale) April 17, 2013
— catkin bell (@catkinbell) April 21, 2013
— Miriam Gillinson (@miriamgillinson) April 22, 2013
— Lizzie Crarer (@lizziecrarer) April 26, 2013
— Jerwood Space (@JerwoodSpace) May 10, 2013