Dancing Brick

Perle is an attempt to create a live comic book based on one of the oldest poems in the English language, Pearl. With just one performer and his television, Perle is the story of a young father in mourning, told through a bold mixture of illustration and performance.

Perle is the collaboration between Dancing Brick and the illustrator Serge Seidlitz, exploring how the poetry and silence of the comic book can be transferred to the stage. It is told entirely through mime and the images displayed on a television.

Perle debuted at the Assembly at the Edinburgh Fringe before a national tour and a run at the Soho Theatre, London.


A breathtakingly beautiful piece of minimalist melancholy.
Sunday Times

A perfectly performed miniature, slight but exquisite.
Time Out London

The award-winning Dancing Brick have a talent for conjuring up beautiful, offbeat characters and stories with a bare minimum of props and no speech, and their new show is a moving example of the kind of imaginative, visual storytelling-with-a-heart they do so well… exquisite.
The Scotsman

Perle’s a gem
The List

a hypnotising and unique portrayal of grief… Subtle, sweet and intelligent, ‘Perle’ is the poignant re-invention of melancholy.
Three Weeks


Performed by:
Thomas Eccleshare

Directed by:
Valentina Ceschi

Illustrations by:
Serge Seidlitz

Sound and Music composed by:
Harry Blake

Typeface by
Thomas Manig

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