The Imperfect Pearl

Director and Production manager for Latimer Productions

Ensemble : Mark Latimer, Charlotte Fairbairn, Sophie Gledhill, Eloise Irving, Will Towers, Miles Golding

Creative Team

Directed by Eliot Giuralarocca

Created by Mark Latimer and Will Towers

Produced by Heulwen Phillips

Original Direction - Emma Rivlin

Lighting - Tom White

Design by - Moi Tran

SM - Tony Kernan

CSM - Sarah Yelland


The Imperfect Pearl was a music-drama celebrating the extraordinary life and music of one of the baroque era’s most overlooked and under-rated composers, Domenico Zipoli. For more than 200 years the life and music of Italian composer Domenico Zipoli was shrouded in mystery, until in 1972 more than 5,000 pieces of his music were found in a Bolivian church toilet. The Imperfect Pearl, or Perola Barroca (the original term for Baroque music), is the specially written story based on the fragments gathered of his journey from the music salons of Rome to the rainforests and Jesuit Missions of South America in the year 1717. This Baroque Brothers Grimm-style fairytale was an innovative project that followed the journey of the seventeenth century composer from Rome to the rainforests of South America. The Imperfect Pearl or Perola Barroca described the dissonances of Zipoli’s life and the Baroque music that drove him.

Press Reviews

Beautiful music, beautifully played!

Classic FM


The Guardian

Sumptuous and romantic 

The Independent


National Tour : 2015 Dates

13 May Newbury Spring Festival Corn Exchange Theatre 

16 May Tattenhall Barbour Institute, Chester 

17 May Upton Hall 


20 May George's Theatre 

Great Yarmouth St, Norfolk 

22 May Penryn Festival, Penryn Hall 


4 June Bouverie Hall,  

Pewsey, Wiltshire

5 June Westacre Westacre Theatre Norfolk 

6 June Snettisham Hall

Snettisham, Norfolk

10 June Lyde Court 


12 June Newlyn Centre 

Newlyn, Cornwall 

The Imperfect Pearl - Promo