A surround sound poetic adventure…

« In a diminished world of projected virtual-reality, join our resistance heroine as she sets out on a mission to break some glass and change the world. »

Inspired by graphic novels and insurrectionist texts, A Thousand Shards of Glass combines an extraordinary solo performance, evocative sound design and a rich rhythmic text, to take you into a fantastical world. Be prepared for time travel, for exotic climates… and to find yourself becoming complicit in a conspiracy.

“…the tale that Lucy Ellinson spins takes place in the vast landscape of our imaginations. Seated in our circle of chairs, gazing across at one another, the audience configuration is reminiscent of the campfire – a forum for fantastical stories since stories began.”—Catherine Love, Exeunt

“Thought-provoking, open-ended and produced to an exceptionally high standard: A Thousand Shards of Glass was experimental theatre at its best.”— Theatre Girl

“[This] insurrection of words and sounds breathes life into our activist selves. This powerful work doesn’t take theatre for a commodity.”— Total Theatre

“It was proof positive that stories don’t always have to have a beginning, a middle and an end to utterly transport you into a place of wonder.”— There Ought To Be Clowns


A Thousand Shards of Glass was produced by Jane Packman Comapny.

It was performed at Mayfest (Bristol), The Hub (Leeds), The Albany (London), mac (Birmingham), Northern Stage @ St Stephens (Edinburgh), AE Harris (Birmingham), Theatre in the Mill (Bradford) between February 2012 – May 2013.

Supported by Arts Council England, mac Birmingham, Theatre in the Mill.

Photographs by Chris Keenan and Ben Pacey.