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Formed in 2005 by co-Directors Gareth Nicholls and Philip Holyman, Little Earthquake exists to create events that will surprise, entertain, inspire and intrigue. The stories we tell invite audiences to scupper their expectations and escape the ordinary.

Over the last few years, we transformed 100 Black Country primary schoolchildren into professional theatre producers who helped to create a brand-new piece of touring theatre for family audiences - The Boy Who Became A Beetle, freely adapted from Kafka’s Metamorphosis. We commemorated the Shakespeare quadricentennial by translating passages from the Bard’s most famous tragedy into Black Country dialect for Yamlet. And we got stuck into A Tale of Two Chippies, a souvlaki Western based on the experiences of first- and subsequent generation immigrants from Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria to the Black Country.

In 2018 and beyond, we gave four famous fairy stories an Inside No.9-style makeover in Grimm Tales Retold; we will continue to expand our East Meets West network, designed to help the Midlands creative community go from strength to strength; and we’ll be going all out 80s to unravel the haunting of Gareth’s childhood home in I Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghost.

We are an Associate Company at mac birmingham and the Associate Company in Residence at the University of Birmingham’s Department of Drama and Theatre Arts.

Gareth joined the ITC Board at the AGM in February 2018. Philip sits on the Board of the National Rural Touring Forum and is a Trustee of the John Feeney Charitable Trust.

My Posts

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Sister Sledge…and the White Rabbit In The Room

4th July 2017

Team Quake would like to say a big thankyou to everyone who took part in our sessions and interventions at the NRTF Conference in Nottingham last week.  Sister Sledge…

Little Earthquake - Mentoring Scheme for Emerging Companies

16th February 2017

Little Earthquake has recently launched a Mentoring Scheme for new and emerging theatre companies which will focus on the nuts, bolts and everyday logistics of building a sustainable and…

Two New Job Opportunities with Little Earthquake

23rd November 2016

PAID POSITIONS! You read that right! PAID POSITIONS! We are currently recruiting for a Producer and an Admin Intern to join us on a part-time basis during our busy period…

Young Producers Case Study Published

4th October 2016

Hello! We're delighted to announce that the case study from our Young Producers project has been published!  We gave a presentation about the project at the 2015 conference in…

Little Earthquake: Young Producers and beyond!

23rd July 2015

It would be wrong to start a new thread without thanking everyone who helped to make last week's conference in Wymondham such a wonderful event - Little Earthquake is…

The Boy Who Became A Beetle

11th May 2015

Since September 2014, Little Earthquake has been leading the inaugural Young Producers project, working with around 100 Black Country primary schoolchildren who are helping us to explore, develop and make decisions about…

Five Paid Job Opportunities with Little Earthquake!

3rd December 2014

Five Job Opportunities from Little Earthquake - Set and Props Designer / Costume Designer / Composer / Lighting Designer / Technical Production Manager (paid positions) As part of our yearlong project, the Young Producers…

A Theatre-Maker’s Experience of the NRTF Showcase

25th July 2014

As part of their Developing Artists in Rural Touring programme, Live & Local enabled representatives from Little Earthquake and Spiltmilk Dance to attend this year’s National Rural Touring…

Little Earthquake’s Young Producers project

9th June 2014

Click here for more information on The Young Producers project Back in the autumn of 2012, the seed of an idea was planted which has taken a year-and-a-half to sprout up…

Hello from Gareth & Philip at Little Earthquake

10th February 2014

Dear NRTF Members As newly subscribed Associate Members of NRTF, we thought we'd take this opporunity to say a quick hello and introduce ourselves to everyone! Little Earthquake is…