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Anything That
Gives Off Light

The TEAM / National Theatre of Scotland
16 - 26 August 2016
Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Every light casts a shadow; every fire ends in dust.

After years of living in London, a Scottish man catches the sleeper north carrying his granny’s ashes, trying not to think of this trip as a homecoming.

In a pub in Edinburgh, an American woman drinks alone, trying to remember who she is while forgetting where she came from.

When their paths collide, they set off on a tour of the Highlands, slipping through the cracks between present and past, waking and dreaming, the real and the imagined.

But as they shed the layers of their national identities, the ghosts of dead philosophers, crofters, cowboys, myth-makers and soothsayers get ever closer.

Anything That Gives Off Light is a new co-production from Brooklyn-based ensemble The TEAM and the National Theatre of Scotland.

Combining high emotion and intellectual rigour in productions that crash American mythology into modern stories, The TEAM has won enormous praise for Edinburgh Festival Fringe productions including Particularly in the Heartland, Architecting and Mission Drift. They have performed throughout the USA, at London’s National Theatre and Royal Court Theatre, and at the Salzburg, Perth and Hong Kong festivals.

Featuring live music from the Scottish and American folk traditions, Anything That Gives Off Light is a foot-stomping collaboration exploring the tension between self-interest and sacrifice, as well as between the individual and the collective, in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.


The TEAM...have slowly but surely become the artistic conscience of a younger generation questioning their country’s all-consuming capitalist culture.

The Herald


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  • Audio Described:
    Sat 20 Aug 2.30pm
  • Running time: 
    1 hour 50 minutes approximately
  • Touch Tour:
    Sat 20 Aug 1pm
  • Audio Described:
    Thu 25 Aug 7.30pm
  • Touch Tour:
    Thu 25 Aug 6pm
  • British Sign Language:
    Mon 22 Aug 7.30pm
  • Captioned:
    Sat 20 Aug 2.30pm

Venue

Edinburgh International Conference Centre

The Exchange
150 Morrison Street
EH3 8EE

Supported by

Léan Scully EIF Fund

Access

  • Touch tour
  • British sign language
  • Audio described
  • Captioned performance
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    Jessica Almasy, Davey Anderson, Rachel Chavkin, Brian Ferguson, Sandy Grierson Writers

    Rachel Chavkin Director

    Shaun Bengson, Abigail Nessen Bengson Composers

    Created in collaboration with Matt HubbsNick VaughanBrian Hastert and Libby King

    A co-production by The TEAM, the National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival 

    World Premiere 


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    The TEAM
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    National Theatre of Scotland
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    Praise for The TEAM | The Herald

    July 5th 2011

    The TEAM...have slowly but surely become the artistic conscience of a younger generation questioning their country’s all-consuming capitalist culture. 

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    The Herald

    Anything That Gives Off Light | The Scotsman

    August 20th 2016

    Carries real emotional weight

    Review by: 

    Joyce McMillan

    The Scotsman

    Anything That Gives Off Light | The Telegraph

    August 22nd 2016

    immensely talented trio of actors

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    Review by: 

    Mark Brown

    The Telegraph 

    Anything That Gives Off Light | The Guardian

    August 22nd 2016

    engaging musical contributions

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    Review by: 

    Lyn Gardner

    The Guardian

    Anything That Gives Off Light | Financial Times

    August 26th 2016

    As unwieldy as it is intellectually invigorating

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    Review by: 

    Matt Trueman

    Financial Times

    Anything That Gives Off Light | Scottish Daily Mail

    August 23rd 2016

    The performances are excellent and the humour tart

    Review by: 

    Alan Chadwick

    Scottish Daily Mail

    Image: Simon Murphy


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

    The 2017 International Festival programme is now available to browse online.

    Tickets

    All tickets: £25
    Previews - All tickets: £20

    Current discounts

    Students: 30% off
    Senior citizens: 30% off
    Unemployed : 30% off
    BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% off
    Under 18s: 50% off
    Young Scot cardholders: 50% off