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.
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