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Gives Off Light
Gives Off Light
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.
- 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
Léan Scully EIF Fund
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 Hubbs, Nick Vaughan, Brian Hastert and Libby King
A co-production by The TEAM, the National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival
More information about some of the artists
Praise for The TEAM | The Herald
Anything That Gives Off Light | The Scotsman
Carries real emotional weight
Anything That Gives Off Light | The Telegraph
Anything That Gives Off Light | The Guardian
Anything That Gives Off Light | Financial Times
Anything That Gives Off Light | Scottish Daily Mail
The performances are excellent and the humour tart
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.
|Previews - All tickets:||£20|
|Senior citizens:||30% off|
|Unemployed :||30% off|
|BECTU, Equity, MU:||30% off|
|Under 18s:||50% off|
|Young Scot cardholders:||50% off|