Extravaganza Macabre by Little Bulb Theatre at the Battersea Arts Centre

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Brand new theatre from Little Bulb in a brand new space at the BAC! What a tremendous combination this was for our Saturday night’s entertainment.

Sterling Prize-winning architects, Haworth Tompkins, have created a lovely little open air space for theatre within the Battersea Arts Centre. We took up a standing position right in the centre of the upper level, which thanks to Little Bulb’s creative staging turned out to be possibly the best ‘seat’ in the house.

And so to the show. A young couple’s wedding is tragically interrupted by a terrible storm that splits the couple up with the young man apparently sinking to a watery grave. Seven years pass and the girl believes her beloved to have passed away and is guided by her father’s advice to marry one Octavious London – a man it would seem has pure evil within him. Sidekicks Chipper and Dogdog help our young survivor hero to rescue his lady from a deadly finale and all is merry by the end despite some tragedy along the way.

Once again Little Bulb have created a charming, imaginative and beautifully  melodramatic tale that has you hanging on to every word and song. There were the trademark simple yet brilliant and original songs and music accompanying the piece with some really fine singing form the three core Bulb members, Clare Beresford, Dominic Conway and Alexander Scott. Yet it is their construction and delivery of a narrative that is unique and inspiring. Beautifully using the English language, whilst dipping into panto, they have created a theatre style that is clearly their own.

We were beaming from the moment the three piece brass band entered until the moment we went to sleep later that night. Wonderful as ever from Little Bulb. This is not one to miss!

Highlight of the piece – Dogdog’s return as an angel, making great use of the new space.

WIGS 4/5

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