Why do whales sing? Why do humans wail? What part do the Welsh have to play in all of this?

Part gig, part lecture, part your lips and WAIL!

Following a run at Battersea Arts Centre in 2016, Little Bulb Theatre embarked on national tour with Wail through February and March 2017. Created through a research residency at Southampton University with the Nuffield Theatre, Wail seeks to discover the answers to questions why do whales sing? And why do humans wail?

Returning to their low-fi roots comparable to that of Operation Greenfield, they now share their findings in an aquatic cabaret of songs, science and soundscapes with chances for audiences to win cheap prizes galore! With live songs, comedy moments and a special marine guest, Wail is a haphazard two-hander that’s sure (contents-wise at least) to be a whale of a time.

Previous acclaim for Wail:

Kooky, but infectious, piece of gig theatre’ **** What’s On Stage

‘Oddly beautiful as well as endearingly silly’ The Stage


Wail was developed in partnership with Nuffield Laboratory, with special thanks to Prof. Paul White of Southampton University for sharing his whale-y wail-y good knowledge.

Previously presented at Battersea Arts Centre (5-23 April 2016), Wail toured nationally in Spring 2017.

Little Bulb Theatre is produced by Farnham Maltings. The national tour of Wail was supported by Arts Council England.