The Dark Carnival
Vanishing Point, in co-production with the Citizens Theatre, in association with Dundee Rep Ensemble
THIS PRODUCTION TAKES PLACE AT TRAMWAY (25 ALBERT DRIVE, G41 2PE)
A music and theatre spectacle, The Dark Carnival features sixteen performers and musicians. They tell the story of newcomers to the afterlife who discover that death is not actually the end. Incredulous at their continuity, they form their own necropolitan community where every night is party night: songs get sung, love gets made and whisky flows.
Above the ground, the cemetery brims with life. But a mysterious event throws the lives of the living into uncertainty. When news reaches the cemetery, an underground revolution begins, led by the stoical Mrs Mark and her band of necropolitans.
Created and performed by Vanishing Point and A New International, The Dark Carnival will transport audiences into an unexpected vision of the afterlife full of long-lost lovers, half-hearted ghosts, and songs.
Date Time Information 19 Feb 7.30pm Preview 20 Feb 7.30pm Preview 21 Feb 7.30pm 22 Feb 7.30pm 23 Feb 2.30pm Audio Described 23 Feb 7.30pm 26 Feb 7.30pm 27 Feb 1.30pm 27 Feb 7.30pm 28 Feb 7.30pm Post-show Discussion 1 Mar 7.30pm 2 Mar 7.30pm Signed
Cast & Creative Team
Conceived, written and directed by Matthew Lenton
Songs and lyrics by Biff Smith
Music by A New International
Set and Costume design by Kenneth MacLeod
Lighting design by Simon Wilkinson
Malcolm Cumming (Robertson Trust Citizens Theatre Actor Intern)
Ann Louise Ross
"a slow-burning meditation on life, death and the messy bits inbetween, where any chance of resting in peace is unlikely."
- The Herald review of The Dark Carnival
"a bleakly comic piece of cabaret theatre that packs emotional power"
- The Telegraph review of The Dark Carnival
"cleverly constructed and gorgeously presented piece of gig theatre"
- The Stage review of The Dark Carnival
"Funny, evocative and celebratory, the show has succeeded brilliantly in opening a window into the beautiful cosmos of Ivor Cutler."
- The Telegraph on The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler
"It’s the voice of God you hear first in Vanishing Point’s exquisitely realised impressionistic evocation of the life and times of the poet and song-writer whose influence on popular culture over the last half century is only now being fully recognised…"
- The Herald on The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler
"A splendid and charming tribute… Fortune’s musical arrangements are intelligent, wonderfully enjoyable extrapolations from Cutler’s own music."
- Sunday Herald on The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler
"A triumphant tribute, which captures the true nature of its subject."
- The Stage on The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler
"A level of artistry that leaves audiences almost breathless"
- The Scotsman on Tomorrow
“It’s stunning, really beautiful,” says Smith. “It reminds me of Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd, dark with these bright colours; very sumptuous to look at.”
“a good night out – not a musical, but something between a theatre show and a gig, with great songs.”
“It’s fun, lively and colourful. There’s a lot to feast on”
"I love things with a dark sense of humour... Fagin always appealed"
"I've sort of described it to people as a musical tragi-comedy set in a cemetery."
"Down here, the bar never closes, death is a cabaret and there will be a song or two to help us while away eternity."