Returning by popular demand, Orpheus returns to Battersea’s Grand Hall this April. Following a six week London run, the show will be presented in August, at The Sazburg Festival, which is one of the world’s most respected international festivals. Alex Scott, Little Bulb’s Artistic Director, has been nominated for the Salzburg Festival’s Young Director’s Award, in recognition of the show’s genre-bending innovation. This is the third nomination for shows that have been commissioned and developed at Battersea Arts Centre alongside Ontroerend Goed’s A Game of You in 2010 and 1927’s The Animals and Children Took to the Streets in 2013.
Legendary musician, Django Reinhardt, has been cast as the lead in a new production of Orpheus and the 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, set to a live score of hot club jazz, opera and French chanson. Fittingly, 2014 is the 80th anniversary of the founding of Django Reinhardt’s significant jazz group Quintette du Hot Club de France.
Developed over a period of two years, Little Bulb Theatre tackled musical forms they had never played before in their quest to bring audiences an authentic night out in a bygone era. The company trained and lived alongside the travelling guitar virtuoso Lollo Miere, learnt the double bass, clarinet and slide-whistle from scratch and performed in front of thousands at a Django Reinhardt festival in France. The Grand Hall’s original 20th Century organ has also been partially restored for use in this playful production brimming with music, myth and mirth.
Additional events extending the show across our building include Dress to Impress nights where those who don their best 1930s attire can enjoy a free cocktail (Tue 15 & Tue 29 April) and late night dancing and live music after the show every Friday and Saturday with Little Bulb Theatre and guests in our transformed café, Bar De La Muse.
Little Bulb Theatre formed in 2008 and is produced by Farnham Maltings. The company has had a consistent relationship with Battersea Arts Centre, dating from their first multi-award winning show Crocosmia, to the recent Herald Angel Award winning production Operation Greenfield. Plans are in the pipeline for the company to open our new courtyard performance space in summer 2016.
Orpheus is presented as part of Gods, Myths and Legends, a season in our Grand Hall featuring mythical characters catapulted into modern day settings. We’re bringing back three epic shows created in partnership with ground-breaking artists through Battersea Arts Centre’s Scratch process including Brand New Ancients by Kate Tempest and The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey.
A Little Bulb Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre co-production
The most haunting love story ever told
8th April – 17th May 2014
7:30pm (Sat matinees 2.30pm)
Running Time: 2.5 hrs
Tickets £15 – £25
Box Office: 020 7223 2223
Monday 31st March 2014