Vertebra Theatre is a devising company where collaboration and integration between art forms as puppetry, dance, music and visual arts is an essential part of our work.

At The Heart of Things

​At the heart of things’ is a dance theatre performance inspired by Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis. We use dance, puppetry, live music and devised text to create a contemporary adaptation of De Profundis diving in to female sexuality, queer identity and homophobia.


Performers: Piedad Albarracin Seiquer, Depi Gorgogiani, Jennie Rawling 

Live Musician: Gregory Emfietzis 

Directed/conceived: Mayra Stergiou

Music Composer: Gregory Emfietzis
Puppet Maker: Kelly Frost

Set Design: Loukia Minetou

Choreography Support: Adrian Look


''Truly enjoyable, sensitive piece of dance theatre'' London Live Post

"An innovative take on De profundis and an arresting exploration of female sexuality" A younger theatre'

Dark Matter

People say your whole life flashes in front of your eyes before you die but what happens when you have dementia? Where does the brain go before we die? Alfi, an elder astrophysicist with dementia guides us into his universe, a world of star constellations. Dark matter theory and black holes merge in a race against the clock to distinguish fantasy from reality and discover meaning.


Puppeteers: Adam Courting, Daniel Finn, Aurora Adams, Alicia Britt, Jennie Rawling 

Performer: Piedad Albarracin Seiquer 


Directed/conceived: Mayra Stergiou

Writers: Eirini Dermitzaki & Mayra Stergiou

Music Composer: Gregory Emfietzis

Puppet Maker: Kelly Frost

Dramaturg: Tilly Lunken

Set Design: Stella Evangelia, Mayra Stergiou

Past Puppeteers/Performers/Devisors: Doug Router, Sofia Calmicova, Almudena Adalia Calvo, Daniel Moseley, Sussie Fairbrother, Cecile Dumont, Paula Siu, Outside Puppets Collective

Dementia Consultant: Prof. Sebastian Crutch


***** 'Beautifully done' Fringe Review

**** 'Beautiful visualisations' FringeGuru

**** 'Wonderful Production' LondonTheatre1

**** 'Excellent production' Southside Advertiser

**** 'The joy of this piece is the rarity of its exploration' The Upcoming

**** 'Mesmerising' In CoventGarden 

''Those eyes will stay with me for a long time.​''

The British Theatre Guide 

"Dark Matter harnesses everything puppetry has to offer"

A Younger Theatre

'Wonderfully Whimsical'

The Guardian 

Supported by: Arts Council, Care UK, Jewish Care, Camden Council, Islington Council, UCL, Little Angel Theatre, Tristan Bates and The Actor's Centre, Voila Europe, Frilagret Theatre, Gothenburg Fringe, PPLG

An Ice Thing to Say

In an Icy land of ruins, a human being and a polar bear are meeting in an encounter of surviving the Anthropocene Era. “An Ice Thing to Say” blends Ice installation, music, movement and puppetry to explore our impact upon nature and compassion as a catalyst for change.
Drawing on inspiration from Erich Fromm's book 'To Have or to Be?' and ecoscenography, we invite the audience into a multi sensory experience of our inner and outer icy landscapes. We attempt to challenge the idea that the human being is at the centre of the world and we attempt to construct an embodied inquire into 'what has gone wrong?'

Devised and performed by: Piedad Albarracin Seiquer, Gregory Emfietzis, Mayra Stergiou
Video Performer/ Mask Maker: Stella Evangelia
Voice/Singing: Myrto Loulaki

Concept / Direction / Scenography: Mayra Stergiou
Sound Designer: Gregory Emfietzis
Live Choreography: Piedad Albarracin Seiquer
Puppet Maker/Video Puppeteer: Raven Kaliana
Co-Scenography / Art Consultant: Elisabeth Leau

Production: Vertebra Theatre, Reykjavik Fringe Festival

The piece has been adapted for the on line platform of Rykjiavik Fringe Festival and is due to perform live in November at the Cockpit Theatre. Available for Touring. 

Waltz of Lost Dreams

A greek immigrant describes at her mum her every day life in London. But the description is a bit different from the reality...a clown in Canary Wharf's financial empire tells a short story about the lost dreams of young generation in Greece of financial crisis.

Inspired by Manos Hatzidakis song 'the walz of lost dreams'

Official Selection at LGFF

Among the 10 best films at Onasis Cultural Centre


Director: Eirini Dermitzaki

Script: Mayra Stergiou, Eirini Dermitzaki
Acting: Dimitra Vanou, Mayra Stergiou


“Some people are like pigeons, others are like statues. It makes no difference whether you’re the Statue of Liberty or one of the Caryatids. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Rodin or Botero. Pigeons will sooner or later poo on you. Oh, yes, on you! And not just once!”
Vertebra Theatre Company returns to The Space Theatre with a new surreal play (UK premiere).

“Birdphobia” is a bitter-sweet story about mother-daughter relationship.
A non-ordinary modern family with a control freak mother, obsessed with statues and pigeons, a homeless father, ex-hunter and an artist daughter, try to explore family dynamics. Some of them are free like birds and others static as statues. But in Birdphobia’s absurd world the statues can walk and the birds don’t know how to fly.

Performed by: Sofia Calmicova, Carlos Lorenzo, Charmain Wombwell, Mayra Stergiou

Movement Directed by: Mayra Stergiou

Written and Directed by Eirini Dermitzaki 

"Seemingly effortless and emotionally committed movement sequences support a unique story and its characters."

Everything Theatre



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