Luci Gorell Barnes

Luci Gorrell Barnes

The Tragic and Disturbing Tale of Little Lupin is a promenade performance that tells the tale of a girl who is not like others and how life in the wild can take unexpected and sometimes rather unpleasant turns. With its roots in the dark, rich soil of fairy tales, the show is suitable for people who have ever strayed off the path and into the woods…

The audience is led through a series of scenes by three unusually hairy sisters who draw them deeper and deeper into their off kilter world. They arrive at a curiously decorated tent where they are seated in balding, velvet cinema seats and offered a selection of odd refreshments. Seated together in the dark in one of the smallest cinemas in the world, they see the crimson curtains draw back to reveal a hand drawn animation accompanied by an original score.

After the film, the audience are taken back to real life and left there to fend for themselves…

The intense and intimate nature of the show makes this a highly memorable experience.

Luci Gorell Barnes is a visual artist who often finds ways of showing her work theatrically. Research into belonging and dislocation, and her work with socially marginalised groups underpins this multi-layered, entertaining and original work.

Little Lupin is innovative; using installation, performance, participation, animation and live music in a way that is unusual in the UK street arts sector.

Pick of the week twice in The Guardian

‘It’s an appealing mix of absurdist whimsy and heartbreak. There’s popcorn too.’

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

‘It’s quirky, clever and extremely amusing. The animation has an attractively simple feel, and there’s something slightly magical about being in an audience of only a dozen or so people.’ Timothy Ramsden, Reviews Gate


Audience feedback

“Loved the show! Really inspired and inspiring…just what theatre should be like all the time.”

“I just didn’t want the show to end – I felt so included.”

“Loved it. I’ve known my parents for 34 years and we’ve never howled together before tonight. What fun!”

The Tragic and Disturbing Tale of Little Lupin is one of the Theatre Bristol and Bristol Old Vic’s live performance commissions and has received development support from The Bristol Do and Arts Council England.