Based in Bristol, Orbita is Daniel Gilbert, David Ravenscroft, Rachael Watt and Robert Thumpston. We made our first show in 2007, whilst training at Dartington College of Arts, and we've been working together ever since.
We collaborate to bring together skills in performing, writing, scenography and a mixture of hi and lo-fi technologies to create new theatre that tries to make sense of the world we live in.
Our aim is to produce entertaining and thought provoking work. Our inspiration comes chiefly from the world of science (both fact and fiction) as well as from the ordinary, the everyday and the mundane. The little things that might otherwise go unnoticed. We also challenge concepts of time (yes, time!), by examining our relationship to the past, present and future, creating a 'retro-futurism'.
Orbita strives to tackle questions of the macro by close examination of the micro. We take a wry, sideways look at serious subjects and give careful consideration to the small and trivial. There is, we've found, almost always a song and a dance to be made about it.
Come aboard the good ship Orbita and join our salty seafarers, Dogger, Fisher and Faroe - three sailors trapped on a boat, aimlessly drifting, looking for land. Using a variety of performance modes, including animation, puppetry and sea shanties, Orbita take us on a voyage of discovery to uncharted seas full of adventure, romance and spindly killer fish.
The Stars Below Us is tragi-comic exploration of humankind's relationship with the cosmos.
Delta Foxtrot is about a quest for perfection in an imperfect world. we see the performers undergo a series of bizarre rituals and experiments and question their motives and conclusions. We begin to see an image of ourselves emerging, fractured and distorted, like a reflection in a broken mirror; a case of the wrongs tools for the right job.