Limbik creates new theatre work that explores human stories set in epic environments.
The company name comes from the limbic system in the brain, a complex, interconnected system of nerves and networks which interpret feelings in the body.
We create work through collaboration: between actors, writers, directors, and designers, as well as non-theatre makers who bring unique viewpoints and expertise to our work—retired fishermen in Northern Ireland, game hunters in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, Specialist Nurses in Organ Donation. Distilling these often unheard voices into works of theatre, we investigate complex ethical, socially engaged questions, and aim to use theatre to encourage debate and dialogue about the world we live in.
Onstage, we’re all about atmosphere, musicality and stylistic panache.
The Messenger, our most recent production, completed its first short tour in March 2015. We are currently planning a National tour for Autumn 2016, to be supported by the Wellcome Trust’s People Awards.
The Harbour, the company’s first production, won the “Creative Award” at the Prague Fringe in 2010, received glowing reviews at Edinburgh later that year, and toured extensively across the UK and Ireland.
The company were then selected for the Escalator Performing Arts scheme, to support the development of new work. Limbik created their second show, Ghost Town, in Autumn 2011, which toured Suffolk to great acclaim.
The company collaborated with Barnstorm Theatre, an Irish children’s theatre company, on an investigation of style and physicality in theatre for young audiences. The resulting production, A Murder of Crows, was written by Olivier award-winning playwright Mike Kenny and toured Ireland in 2011-2012.