Little Earthquake


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 2019 and beyond, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with MoonFest, a nine-day cross-art-form festival; we will continue to expand our East Meets West network, designed to help the Midlands creative community go from strength to strength; and we're 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.


  • Drama


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

Organisation Type

  • touring