Gearbox Theatre Company

Hello, we are Gearbox, a new theatre company seeking to unlock the creative potential of our region’s talented theatre practitioners through innovative small-scale touring productions and larger community performance events.

Led by Artistic Director and founder Emma Sheppard, we aim to present performances that entertain, emotionally engage and spark debate relevant to our time that resonate with communities, people and places. Our repertoire includes contemporary takes on familiar, classic texts as well as new writing, adaptations and original devised work.

“Thought-provoking production” – The Tempest – Joe Conway, Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Current productions

We are presently working on our latest productions.

A new adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent

This new adaptation of Conrad’s classic story of love, politics and anarchy will closely represent the original novel. The Secret Agent, a family tragedy set in a political context, was written more than a century ago yet illuminates contemporary conditions. Conrad wanted to inspire indignation and contempt for the terrorists’ ideological pretences, cowardly nihilism and absurd cruelty. Though Conrad’s novel is based on the anarchist bomb plots of the turn of the 20th century, his political insights apply with equal force to our situation today. We aim to tell the story through the use of Brechtian techniques with sound playing an important role through its immersive quality and interaction with live performance – combining art forms live on stage. Simple yet creative staging and a small cast of 6 actors will not only allow the performance to be toured to a wide range of venues but will provide endless opportunities for creativity and innovation.