The most haunting love story ever told.
Prepare to 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 will perform the thrilling tale of Orpheus’s ill-fated descent into the underworld to reclaim his lost love, Eurydice.
Set to a live score of Hot Club jazz, opera and French chanson, Orpheus is a musical re-imagining of the epic Greek myth.
Orpheus premiered at Battersea Arts Centre in 2013 and we have continued to perform it ever since. Over the last five years we have toured it to venues around the country and abroad to the Salzburg and Brisbane Festivals. In December 2019 we were delighted to be able to take Orpheus back to its original home, Battersea Arts Centre's stunningly rebuilt Grand Hall, as a part of their Phoenix Season.
“Altogether, Orpheus is a just about perfectly calibrated balancing act of sweet humour, unexpected gravitas and unpretentious beauty.”
The Times, Donald Hutera
“Rather than be intimidated by the myriad versions of the myth that already exist … the company have cheerfully absorbed elements from all of them.”
The Guardian, Maddy Costa
“The climactic sequence, as Orpheus and Eurydice attempt to escape the underworld, is also quite extraordinarily moving.”
The Stage, Natasha Tripney
“There is no British company better than Little Bulb at playing.
I do not give star ratings...
but if I did I would shower it.
Stagedoor, Lyn Gardner
Written and devised by the company
Directed by Alexander Scott
Designed by Mary Drummond
Puppets by Max Humphries
Sound design Ed Clarke
Lighting Design Michael Odam
Header Image by John Hunter for RULER/Photography by James Allan