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Our story so far

2008 - whilst having a coffee on a Spring morning in Brighton’s Kensington Gardens in the North Laines, Bernadette looked up and saw “The White Rabbit” pub sign opposite.  And presto - we had the name for our new company! 


Since then, we have committed to carbon neutral productions, touring all our shows on public transport, and using found or second-hand materials and objects for set and costume. We are also committed to cultural democracy and inclusivity - please email us if you’d like to find out more about how and why we work like this.



We have been lucky to have collaborated with hundreds of super talented creatives over the years, including our associate artists Sadie Cook, Jules Craig, Paschale Straiton and Emma Waterford.

2008 - 2018

“Are You Sitting Comfortably?” - a monthly immersive live lit cabaret in the style of an 18th century Salon, as if transported to a 1930s teashop/haunted toyshop. Focusing on a different theme every month, the show featured original short stories read aloud by professional performers, with magical visuals, games, chip butties, cucumber sandwiches, homemade cupcakes, cocktails in teapots, and surprise guests. “Are You Sitting Comfortably?” featured the work of over 700 new and established writers. The show was partnered by digital publishers Ether Books. It evolved with the invaluable contribution of the brilliant Paschale Straiton. You can watch a video here

2008 - 2014

“Are You Sitting Comfortably?” – the same monthly show, with all of the same wonderful elements as above, ran monthly at The Basement in Brighton, featuring the work of over 400 local writers. This version was created with regular writer and performer the wonderful Jules Craig. You can watch a video here

2008 - 2018

“Midnight Feast” - a monthly short story podcast

2009

“Magic” for National Theatre “Watch This Space” festival with Home Live Art. Inside a big top on the banks of the Thames, we created an immersive storytelling cabaret with magic tricks from close hand magician Mr Kane Sinclair-Sojka of Black Box Magic.

2011

“Are You Sitting Comfortably? Volume 1” - created and recorded with producer Jon Ward at the BBC, this is a collection of our own short stories written especially for the shows. The album can be found on podbean here or wherever you get your podcasts

2011

“River” for Thames Festival at The Bandstand Gabriel’s Wharf. A one-off pop up outdoor immersive storytelling salon, on the banks of the Thames, accompanied by ukulele

2011

“Revolution” a riotous live lit Salon created for Two Degrees festival at Arts Admin, featuring new writing by Iain Gonoude, Afsaneh Gray, Rachel Jay, Michael Spring, Tom Alexander and Bahar Brunton

2012

“Queen’s Jubilee” with Home Live Art - an immersive and interactive storytelling event presented within a specially commissioned Alternative Village Fete as a part of The Diamond Jubilee Festival in Battersea Park

2012

“Ghosts” for Spitalfields Winter Festival- a site responsive, immersive storytelling show performed with an orchestra in a beautiful 17th century townhouse at the heart of Spitalfields, in London’s East End. Music written and performed by Alison Beck, Alison Howick, Sally McTaggart, Alexandra Urquhart, Katie Walton, and Tom West - you can see a video here

2014

“Wonderlands – Nine Elms” for Wandsworth Festival– an interactive  theatrical performance walk from Vauxhall through Nine Elms via New Covent Garden Market and ending at Battersea Power Station, taking in Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s new commission in the River Thames.

2014 - ongoing

“366 Days of Kindness” directed by Tessa Walker, written, and performed by White Rabbit, this is an indoor multimedia theatre show about Bernadette’s attempt to find out if kindness could change the world.  This show toured nationally for four years and was created with Fred De Faye (sound) Rob Kennedy (video) Jessica Worrall (exhibition design) Sadie Cook (graphic design) and Jack Trow (performer). In 2021 we revived a solo zero tech version after being commissioned to do so by the INN Crowd and are continuing to tour rural pubs and libraries throughout the UK

2014

“Ghosts” for Spitalfields Winter Festival- a site responsive, immersive storytelling show performed with an orchestra in a beautiful 17th century townhouse at the heart of Spitalfields, in London’s East End. Music written and performed by Alison Beck, Alison Howick, Sally McTaggart, Alexandra Urquhart, Katie Walton, and Tom West - you can see a video here

2014

“Secret Garden” - a site-responsive family storytelling show, with dancers from Lewisham College and choreographers from Folk Dance Remixed. Commissioned by the Southbank for Imagine Children's Festival, and performed in their rooftop garden

2015

“How to Be a Hero” directed by Tessa Walker, written, and performed by White Rabbit. This was an indoor multimedia theatre show, examining vigilantism and what is takes to be a hero in the 21st Century. Supported by Arts Council, Birmingham Rep and Jacksons Lane. The show was designed by Jessica Worrall with projections and sound by Rob Kennedy

2015 - 2016

“Hothouse”- this was a collaboration with arts organisations Uninvited Guests and Trikhon Theatre on a yearlong series of events, performances, and workshops in Deptford.  The project included “3 Wishes” (a creative writing /visual arts collaboration with artist Wayne Lucas), “Santa’s Sci-fi Salon” (a sci-fi cabaret hosted by White Rabbit and featuring a community choir, scientists from St Marys University, and singer/ songwriter George Hoyle.) Other events included a rooftop storytelling event “London’s Burning” with London Dreamtime, a revival of our immersive installation “The Lost Property Office” and new devised theatre show “100 Years from Now” with young people aged 13-19 from the Albany Theatre’s Summer School. Hothouse was Deptford Lounge Library’s flagship arts project

2017

“The Big Thrill” – a performance created in response to the British Film Institute’s thriller festival, we created an interactive performance alongside screenwriters, actors, directors, composers, journalists, and podcasters to explore why “the thriller is the genre of our times.” Commissioned by Gaylene Gould 

2018

“Evelyn’s Roots” - a collaboration with Teatro Vivo, this was a promenade tale of Deptford life over four hundred years, blending fact and fiction to bring the remarkable history of the area to life. Performed live and available as a series of downloadable audio files via our podbean channel or wherever you find your podcasts.

2019

“Revelation by Candlelight” - an immersive site responsive promenade performance in the grounds and interior of the 14th century church of St Mary the Virgin, in Ashford Kent UK. With music from performer Mark Stevenson 

2020

“Salon Wonder” - a live-lit/storytelling show commissioned by Revelation Ashford and performed on zoom. Writers featured were Francesca Baker, Deborah Torr, Fiona Vigo Marshall, Nathalie Abi-Ezzi, Anthony Gooding, Jools Abrams, Debra McGee, Pippa Gladhill, Cathy White, and Tessa Ivory, with performers Jack Trow and Emma Waterford. There was also an accompanying series of podcasts throughout the year

2020 - ongoing

“Derek and Daisy” award-winning web series on YouTube

2020 - ongoing

“Pitches” web series on YouTube

2021 - ongoing

“90 Second Stories” web series on YouTube

2021 - ongoing

“The Scriptorium” - a series of creative writing workshops, in person and online, for established and aspiring writers in collaboration with Revelation Ashford

2022 - ongoing

“Wheel of the Year” a series of audio short stories for every festival in the pagan calendar, available for free download on podbean and wherever you find your podcasts.

List of works