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Martin Green / Adrian Utley / Dominic Aitchison / Becky Unthank / Adam Holmes / whiterobot

Featuring some of today’s most influential musicians, this intimate, visually rich production explores themes of migration through darkly atmospheric songs and breathtaking stop-motion animation.

Award-winning composer and Lau’s visionary accordionist Martin Green brings together Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Mogwai’s Dominic Aitchison, Becky Unthank from The Unthanks and Edinburgh-born folk singer-songwriter Adam Holmes, with BAFTA-winning animators whiterobot (Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson) for this extraordinary new show.

Flit is inspired by first-hand stories of human migration, some heart-warming, others heartbreaking, and features songs and original music by Green with lyrics from Karine Polwart, Anaïs Mitchell, Sandy Wright and Aidan Moffat. Set within a captivating animated world, these exquisite songs are performed live by a world class band fronted by the inimitable voices of Becky Unthank and Adam Holmes.

Flit is the work of many voices...For Green, sharing out the authorship seemed the only way to tell the fragmented experiences of people forced into exile.

The Guardian

Martin Green
Adrian Utley 
Dominic Aitchison
Becky Unthank

Co-commissioned by Edinburgh International Festival, Barbican Centre, Sage Gateshead and Perth International Arts Festival

Co-produced by Opera North Projects

More information about some of the artists

Martin Green

Adrian Utley
Portishead: Facebook

Dominic Aitchison
Mogwai: Facebook

Becky Unthank
The Unthanks: Website
The Unthanks: Facebook


10-11 August 2016

  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre
  • 90 minutes
  • £25

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