Montblanc & Salzburg Festival Young Directors Project
Alexander Scott • YDP III • Orpheus

Guest performance Little Bulb Theatre
Co-production of the Little Bulb Theatre with the Battersea Arts Centre
Little Bulb Theatre are produced by Farnham Maltings

In English with German surtitles

Duration approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes


  • 11 August, 20:00


  • 13 August, 20:00
  • 14 August, 20:00
  • 16 August, 20:00



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Alexander Scott, Director
Dominic Conway, Musical Direction
Liz Moreton, Producer
Mary Drummond, Design
Ed Clarke, Sound Design
Phil Bentley, Lighting
Max Humphries, Masks and Puppets


Clare Beresford, Double Bass
Dominic Conway, Guitar
Miriam Gould, Violin
Charlie Penn, Piano
Tom Penn, Percussion
Eugenie Pastor, Flute / Swanee Whistle
Alexander Scott, Clarinet
Shamira Turner, Accordion


The scene is Paris during the 1930s. A time when the worst is presumed to be over; a time for love, a time for music, a time for exuberant, life-affirming harmony. But in the midst of this state of hard-earned joy, of freshly-discovered passion, death returns to carry off the most beautiful and alluring of human creatures. Maybe there are worse times to come? Or is there a possibility that someone claimed by death can be redeemed?

We are in a rundown cabaret theatre. Euridyce, played by the chanteuse Yvette Papin, has been abducted and taken to the underworld. Orpheus, played by our guitar hero Django Reinhardt, sets off on an epic journey to save her. It’s not hard to tell that the story we are being told is fictitious – and yet the music the actors are playing is real and so are the feelings this evokes.

It’s possible to describe Little Bulb as a company of actors who all play musical instruments or as a group of musicians who all act. Their appearance in this year’s Salzburg Festival theatre programme follows on from our previous music/theatre crossover productions Meine Bienen. Eine Schneise and Ein Sommernachtstraum, albeit on this occasion within the context of the Young Directors Project. In the words of director Alex Scott, Orpheus ‘is a beautiful story, one we’ve discovered has been told in so many forms. It’s a story about why people make music and its strange and mysterious power to change things.’

Orpheus is part play, part concert, both driven forward by the thumping rhythms of live jazz and it finds a warm and highly engaging form in which to address a number of questions which also occur elsewhere in this season’s programme: questions of love, of loss, and of how to behave in the face of death.

Little Bulb Theatre was formed in 2008, when its members graduated from the University of Kent. Their first show Crocosmia won three awards at that year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Orpheus is their largest and most complex show to date.

David Tushingham


Montblanc & Salzburg Festival Young Directors Award 2014 goes to Nicolas Charaux (31)

21 AUG2014

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Today the Montblanc & Salzburg Festival Young Directors Project 2014 was announced! The production Der Abschied by Walter Kappacher directed by Nicolas Charaux was awarded the Montblanc Young Directors Award for the best director. Read more about the jury's decision here. 

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Montblanc & Salzburg Festival Young Directors Project 2014

31 JUL2014

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Since 2002 the Young Directors Project has enriched the programme of the Salzburg Festival. Generously supported by Montblanc International, this successful competition for young international theatre directors and their ensembles will form part of the Salzburg Festival for the last time, following a successful 13-year partnership. Through its sponsorship, Montblanc supports the selection and invitation of the productions to Salzburg and the local costs. In addition to sponsoring the entire project, Montblanc also offers the prize for the best production. The winner of the Montblanc Young Directors Award receives the sum of 10,000 Euros and the Montblanc Max Reinhardt Pen, exclusively designed for this project. 

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Untitled (Eric B), © Robert Longo



The YDP programme is generously supported by Montblanc International. In addition, Montblanc has donated the prize money of € 10,000 and the exclusive Montblanc Mozart Pen for the best director. The Montblanc Young Directors Award Ceremony takes place on Thursday, August 21th 2014.


Drama 2014

by Sven-Eric Bechtolf

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