Perle is a collaboration between theatre maker Thomas Eccleshare (Dancing Brick) and world-famous illustrator Serge Seidlitz. It is their attempt to create a live comic strip based on one of the oldest poems in the English language, Pearl. With just one performer and his television, Perle is the story of a young father coming to terms with the loss of his child. It explores how the poetry, silence and humour of the comic book can be transferred to the stage.
Thomas Eccleshare trained at the Jacques Lecoq school in Paris and is the co-founder of Dancing Brick, with whom he has been nominated for two Total Theatre Awards and won the Arches Brick Award and the Guardian’s Best of the Fringe. He is the winner of the 2011 Verity Bargate Award for an emerging playwright.
Director/Choreographer: Thomas Eccleshare
Playwright: Thomas Eccleshare
Illustration: Serge Seidlitz
Dramaturge: Valentina Ceschi
Set design: Florence McHugh
Lighting design: David Davies
Performer: Thomas Eccleshare