The King of Tiny Things
By Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward, adapted by Poppy Burton-Morgan.
One magical midsummer’s night two sisters huddle together, fearful of what the darkness holds, when a mysterious winged creature appears and leads them on a moonlit adventure. Together they rescue juggling slugs, contortionist caterpillars, and a trio of acrobatic baby bats. But while the girls are busy being brave they overlook their winged friend, the King of Tiny Things, who needs their help most of all. Can they save him in time…
Starring four of the world’s most exciting circus artists Metta Theatre bring the award-winning author Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward’s enchanting story spectacularly to life with circus, puppetry and song. With puppetry design by Yvonne Stone (National Theatre, Tall Stories) and music by Jon Nicholls (Shared Experience, National Theatre). Fun for all the family (age guidance 3+).
A note on age guidance – there is something in this show for all ages and although we advise 3+ babies and toddler will be admitted and welcome, along with older children and adults. There are some more complex and challenging themes around death and change, and a high level of physical skill to entertain adults and older children. If you have any concerns about the suitability of the show for your family please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Supported by Arts Council England, the National Centre for Circus Arts, Stratford Circus, Bristol Circus Festival & Polka Theatre
‘The largest mass poisoning of a population in history’ – World Health Organisation
Stunning new aerial dance-theatre telling the human story of a global tragedy.
2013. Asha’s hands shake as her sister Arundhati folds her wedding sari around her. 1973. Anjali hangs from a silk, her life pouring out of her. A well is drilled. Clean water. 40 years later, and her daughter now hangs in the balance.
A rich soundscape of Bengali music and interwoven recorded text forms an atmospheric backdrop for Shreya Kumar’s stunning choreographic fusion of Classical Indian dance with contemporary Aerial Circus. WELL is based on actual events in Bangladesh, where the drilling of tube wells in the 1970s accidentally created arsenic poisoning on an epic scale. This is a powerful exploration of the personal and global impact of well-meaning international intervention.
Director | Poppy Burton-Morgan
Choreographer | Shreya Kumar
Aerial Choreographers | Lindsey Butcher & Leyla Rees
Designer & Lighting | William Reynolds
Sound Designer | Filipe Gomes
Costume Designer | Kate Lane
Scientific Advisor | Professor Stuart Reynolds
A short trailer for our production WELL - a circus-dance work looking at Arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh from supposedly clean drinking water from tube wells dug by the international community in the 1970s.