The hearing trumpet

Dark Matter Theatre

Physical theater and masks company formed by the British Fauve Bickerstaffe and the Canadian Jayne Walling, premiered at the Brighton Fringe Festival, June 2017.We are an international theatre company working in both English and French to tell tales of the grotesque and ridiculous. Finding a place where laughter is cackled and snorted, where beautiful, idiotic flights of fantasy are given freedom, where the imagination is unleashed to roam and hunt its prey.

Our first show The Hearing Trumpet, was inspired by the novel of surrealist artist Leonora Carrington and toured across London, Paris and Barcelona.

Marion Leatherby is 92 years old, and deaf. One glorious day, her best friend Carmella gives her a hearing trumpet. Upon returning home, Marion overhears her family plotting to send her away to a retirement home, and together, Marion and Carmella plan their great escape.

Based on the novel by Leonora Carrington, “The Hearing Trumpet” is Dark Matter Theatre’s first creation. We use clown, mask to create a surreal and magical performance which questions where reality ends and imagination begins. “The Hearing Trumpet” has toured Paris, London and Barcelona.

“Fauve Alice and Jayne Walling are skilled comic performers… the seeds of something fascinating” The Stage, review 2016