"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 and Times
6 - 28 October 2017
6, 7 & 9 October
£10 Preview tickets on sale from 11 September
Tuesday - Saturday
MATINEES from 11 October, 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays
Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes, includes one 20 minute interval
For Access performances see below
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
*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.
Creative Learning Events
POST SHOW DISCUSSION
Tuesday 17 October 2017
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance
- FREE, no ticket required
PAGE TO STAGE
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.
- £10 (£5 for students) / Book Here
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!
"Immersive theatre at its finest, most potent, and most timely. A must see experience."
"Strong and timely... an absorbing and handsome production"
"Immersive, intuitive and inventive"
Edinburgh Evening News
"A thrilling, theatrical experience"
"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"
"Boland’s script resonates deeply"