ABOUT US

Welcome to Thunderbolts and Lightning!

We create interactive and immersive shows and workshops that plant our audience in the centre of the story. Here they can actively engage with the performance and absorb the learning within.

Thunderbolts and Lightning is the brainchild of Craig and Nicola, two passionate individuals with a shared love of the limelight. Drawing upon their diverse backgrounds in science and theatre, coupled with a combined 20 years of experience in informal education, they combined their talents to establish a company that unleashes the joy of learning.

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES

Thunderbolts and Lightning deliver captivating educational shows, immersive theatre, workshops and activities sought after by museums, festivals, and institutions across the globe.

EXLORE WHAT WE DO!

NICOLA LOUISE SHEPHERD

A firm believer in the transformative power of theatre, Nicola attained a degree in Contemporary Performance Practice from the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She utilises the skills and techniques gained there, alongside her unbridled enthusiasm, to bring the joys of live performance to people who might not normally engage with theatre in a traditional context.

When she’s not busy inspiring audiences, Nicola can often be found directing informal education shows both here and abroad, tutoring presentation skills in universities or managing large teams of performers for major international events.

CRAIG MACFARLANE

Craig is an informal education specialist who spent several years honing his craft with the world’s longest running science festival before moving on to set up his own immersive events company and consultancy.

Craig has developed shows and workshops for museums and festivals across the globe, from The Big Bang Fair (UK) to The Children’s Museum Jordan and all sorts in between!
In his spare time, Craig researches insects and co-founded the charity Bugs for Life, who research and promote entomophagy (the eating of insects)!

He’s appeared on BBC and ITV and you can watch his TEDx talk here.

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