A map of the UK and Europe with scribbled arrows representing migration routes


"See it or miss the most important, timely and thrilling event to grace and disrupt a Scottish stage any time this year." The Scotsman

by Bridget Boland
directed by Wils Wilson

"West Bound in the Dress Circle. East Bound in the Stalls."

The whole theatre becomes a stage and all of Europe the actors in Bridget Boland’s explosive 1947 drama, Cockpit.

You enter The Lyceum, but take your seats in Germany, 1945 in a provincial playhouse being used as a makeshift transit camp for displaced persons from across the continent.

As the play unfolds around you, British officers start to organise convoys for repatriation east and west. But agreement is not so easily achieved: one woman refuses to go West with collaborators; a Polish couple are terrified to travel East with the Russians; a Yugoslav partisan will not leave until he’s confronted a Chetnik hiding backstage. Many have no wish to go ‘home’ at all.

Arguments flare, violence ignites and yet there is also beauty and humanity to be found in the most unexpected places.

This timely revival of a lost classic takes us back to the inception of modern Europe with Boland’s masterful writing deftly illuminating this vital historic moment.

Cockpit will be an immersive experience where the whole auditorium is part of the action. Directed by Lyceum Associate Artist Wils Wilson, known for her production of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart which has enchanted audiences across the world.

Cast and Credits

in alphabetical order

Nebli Basani    Peter/ Captain Saunders
Krystian Godlewski    Jaroslav/ Draja
Kaisa Hammarlund    Marie
Peter Hannah    Captain Ridley
Sandra Kassman    Claudia/ The Woman
Sophia Kolinas    Rebecca
Aly Macrae    Jiri
Alexandra Mathie    The Professor
Kaja Pecnik     Anna
Dylan Read    Bauer/ Duval
Adam Tompa    Milosh
Deka Walmsley    Sergeant Barnes


Director    Wils Wilson
Designer    Ana Ines Jabares-Pita
Lighting Designer    Kai Fischer
Sound Designer    Matt Padden
Movement Director    Vicki Manderson
Composer and Musical Director    Aly Macrae
Casting Director    Laura Donnelly CDG
Dramaturg    Eszter Marsalko
Fight Consultant    Emma Claire Brightlyn
Voice  Ros Steen

The sound design for Cockpit utilises some source sounds that are attributable under the Creative Commons Attribution licence from freesound.org: Scared Group of Screaming People by marsebastia; Audience Applause by sebastianlund; group_shocked9 by thanvannispen; Group Fighting by sonsdebarcelona; Audience Becomes Still by klankbeeld; Football Crowd Minute Silence by Quistard; walk_downstairs and walk_upstairs by malexmedia; WalkingUpstairs by mikaelfernstrom; Walking_Downstairs by AJFiorini317.


What did the audience think of Cockpit?

Director, Wils Wilson talks about what to expect from Cockpit

Dates, Times & Prices

6 - 28 October 2017

6, 7 & 9 October
£10 Preview tickets on sale from 11 September

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday

MATINEES from 11 October, 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays

Running Time
Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes, includes one 20 minute interval

For Access performances see below


Individual Tickets

Tuesday - Saturday: £16 - £32

Wednesday and Saturday: £14 - £28

from £10, not available on Premium Seats
For full details on concession pricing please contact Box Office on 0131 248 4848

Unreserved seating, all tickets £10
On sale 11 September

All prices guaranteed until 1 September 2017


Thursday 19 October, 7.30pm
Touch Tour, 6.15pm
Saturday 21 October, 2pm
Touch Tour, 12.45pm

Wednesday 18 October, 7.30pm

Saturday 21 October, 2pm

Book Accessible performances here

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement here

*Some performances are currently only bookable over the phone. To enquire about all available performances please contact our Box Office team on 0131 248 4848.

Take Part

Tuesday 17 October 2017
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance

  • FREE, no ticket required

Thursday 26 October 2017, 5.30pm
These workshops will explore varied aspects of the production process to show you how we get a performance from the page to The Lyceum's stage. The session includes complimentary tea & coffee.

Saturday 28 October 2017, 10am
Join us for a practical acting workshop where will explore Cockpit and work on key scenes with one of our Drama Artists.

  • £12 (£6 for students) / Book Here
    Book for all 6 sessions in Season 2017/18 and save!

Press Coverage

"Powerful and resonant revival of Bridget Boland’s immersive post-war drama"
The Stage

"Immersive theatre at its finest, most potent, and most timely. A must see experience."
Sunday Mail

"See it or miss the most important, timely and thrilling event to grace and disrupt a Scottish stage any time this year."
The Scotsman

"Strong and timely... an absorbing and handsome production"
The TImes

"Immersive, intuitive and inventive"
Edinburgh Evening News

"A thrilling, theatrical experience"
The Herald

"A brave, original and utterly gripping performance"
Just for Culture

"A thoroughly vital production"
All Edinburgh Theatre

" Full of moments of beauty and poignancy"
Plays to See

"Never a dull moment"
Edinburgh Guide

"Boland’s script resonates deeply"
Broadway Baby



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