Little Earthquake


Formed in 2005, Little Earthquake is led by co-Directors Gareth Nicholls and Philip Holyman and by Producer Zoë Roberts. We exist to give people experiences that aren't boring: THOU SHALT NOT BORE is the commandment we live by. We create events that aim to surprise, entertain, inspire and intrigue people.

In 2019, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with MoonFest, a nine-day cross-art-form festival (including Rocket Fuel, our immersive dining experience inspired by Neil Armstrong's actual in-flight menu) and we went all out 80s to unravel the haunting of Gareth's childhood home in the award-winning I Ain't Afraid Of No Ghost.

In 2020 and beyond, we will continue to expand our East Meets West network, designed to help the Midlands creative community go from strength to strength; we'll be launching the Radiance Project, which explores body image, clothes and ageing through a very special collaboration between older participants, a fashion designer and a portrait photographer; and we'll be donning our wellies and overalls for a promenade production of George Orwell's Animal Farm.

We are an Associate Company at MAC in 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 and is now the Vice-Chair. Philip currently sits on the Board of the National Rural Touring Forum and is a Trustee of the John Feeney Charitable Trust.


  • Drama


  • Community
  • New Writing
  • Rural Touring
  • Site Specific
  • Young Peoples

Organisation Type

  • touring