Little Match Girl Passion

Josh Armstrong


No one imagined what beautiful things she had seen…

David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion, directed and designed by Cryptic Associate Josh Armstrong, returns by popular demand. Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s heart-breaking tale and J.S. Bach’s St Matthews Passion, vocal ensemble and percussion bring the tragic story of the little match girl to life.

“The Little Match Girl Passion is a meditation on the loss of innocence. It would be easy to visualise the story as Anderson wrote it, but I fear the reality of the work would be lost. The Little Match Girl is the catalyst for the drama not in her action but in her tangible absence. At the heart of the work is a community dealing with loss – loss of life and loss of the self. It is not simple or straightforward. It is dirty and twisted and as confused as life.”  Josh Armstrong


“Artful, sobering...timely stuff”

★ ★ ★ ★
The Guardian



Creative Team:

Composer: David Lang
Director and Designer: Josh Armstrong
Singers: Nicola Corbishley, Clare Wilkinson, Chris Watson and James Holliday


Premiered in Glasgow then Edinburgh, 2011.

The Little Match Girl Passion returns by popular demand in 2015 with a UK tour including Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and Kings Place, London.