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Ex Machina | Robert Lepage
13 - 23 August 2015
Edinburgh International Conference Centre

European Premiere

Legendary director, playwright and ‘visual wizard’ (New York Times), Robert Lepage returns to Edinburgh to perform the European premiere of his new work.

While Lepage continues to pioneer the use of technology, his work is imbued with an intimacy and humanity that few can match. 887 is a riveting foray into the world of memory, exploring how personal recollections are reflected in collective consciousness. Lepage recalls his own experience as a French-speaking child during the October Crisis of 1970, when violent action by the Front de libération du Québec provoked the invocation of the War Measures Act, bringing troops onto the streets of the province. Years later, in an era of unlimited digital capture and storage he must examine the validity and nature of his memories and the very purpose of theatre, an art based on the act of remembering.

Robert Lepage is one of the most influential artists working in today’s theatre. His unclassifiable career has ranged from epic stagings for the Metropolitan Opera and Cirque du Soleil, to deeply personal solo shows such as The Far Side of the Moon and major ensemble works such as The Seven Streams of the River Ota. He has directed many films including the acclaimed Le Polygraphe and starred in Denys Arcand’s Jésus de Montréal.

An Ex Machina production, commissioned by the Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in co-production with le lieu unique, Nantes, La Comète – Scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne, Edinburgh International Festival, Århus Festuge, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Romaeuropa Festival 2015, Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy, Ysarca Art Promotions - Pilar de Yzaguirre, Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon, Le Théâtre français du Centre national des Arts d’Ottawa and Le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montréal.

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  • Audio Described:
    Tue 18 Aug 7.15pm
  • Running time: 
    2 hours and 15 minutes approximately (no interval)


Edinburgh International Conference Centre

The Exchange
150 Morrison Street

Supported by

Jo and Alison Elliot

Quebec Government Office logo

Canada Council for the Arts logo


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    Written, designed, directed and performed by Robert Lepage
    Creative Director and Ideation Steve Blanchet 
    Dramaturg Peder Bjurman 
    Assistant Director Adèle Saint-Amand 
    Composer and Sound Designer Jean-Sébastien Côté 
    Lighting Designer Laurent Routhier
    Image Designer Félix Fradet-Faguy

    Find out more about Robert Lepage and Ex Machina

    Twitter: @ex_m
    Facebook: exmachina 
    YouTube: leprojetexmachina

    887 | Observer review

    August 23rd 2015

    touching, intimate, powerful ★★★★★

    Read the full review here (The Observer)

    Review by: 

    Clare Brennan
    The Observer

    887 | Independent review

    August 16th 2015

    a masterpiece on so many levels ★★★★★

    Read the full review here (The Independent)

    Review by: 

    David Pollock
    The Independent

    887 | Telegraph review

    August 14th 2015

    one of the highlights of Edinburgh this year ★★★★★

    Read the full review here (The Telegraph)

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    887 | Herald Scotland review

    August 15th 2015

    mesmeric mix of hi-tech visual poetry and storytelling ★★★★★

    Read the full review here (Herald Scotland)

    Review by: 

    Linzi Devers
    Herald Scotland

    887 | British Theatre Guide review

    August 14th 2015

    entrancing and moving throughout ★★★★★

    Read the full review here (British Theatre Guide)

    Review by: 

    Philip Fisher
    British Theatre Guide

    887 | Stage review

    August 14th 2015

    Lepage's two hour tour-de-force performance is a must-see production ★★★★

    Read the full review here (The Stage)

    Review by: 

    Thom Dibdin
    The Stage

    887 | Variety review

    August 14th 2015

    a work that delights, mesmerizes and provokes

    Read the full review here (Variety)

    Review by: 

    Mark Fisher

    887 | Scotsman review

    August 17th 2015

    it blazes with a sense of history ★★★★

    Read the full review here (WOW247)

    Review by: 

    Joyce McMillan
    The Scotsman

    887 | The Arts Desk review

    August 17th 2015

    one of the theatrical highlights of Edinburgh 2015 ★★★★★

    Read the full review here (The Arts Desk)

    Review by: 

    David Kettle
    The Arts Desk

    Photo: Érick Labbé 

    This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

    The 2017 International Festival programme will be released in the spring.


    All tickets: £32

    Current discounts

    Under 18s: 50% off
    Students: 50% off
    Young Scot card holders: 50% off
    Senior citizens: 50% off
    Unemployed: 50% off
    Equity card holders: 50% off
    MU card holders: 50% off