Peter Handke's The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other

The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other
by Peter Handke, in a translation by Meredith Oakes
directed by Wils Wilson and Janice Parker

Take a moment to watch our world go by.

Some years ago, playwright Peter Handke was sitting in a town square watching people come and go. Suddenly men carrying a coffin emerged from a house and transformed the square into a stage, lending each vignette that followed – a woman walking her dog, a couple having an argument, a man jogging – special meaning.

Inspired by this experience, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other is a play without words, narrated by music and animated by unspoken interaction. This production gives the simple pleasure of people-watching a vibrant dramatic life as the audience weave a narrative out of the everyday scenes of a city.

This 450-character production will be taking to The Lyceum stage directed by Lyceum Associate Artist Wils Wilson and Janice Parker. We are throwing open the doors of The Lyceum and welcoming a large scale cast of Edinburgh residents onto the stage to create this exciting production.


In association with Janice Parker Projects

Cast and Credits


Director Wils Wilson
Director Janice Parker
Composer/Sound Designer Michael John McCarthy
Set Designer Fly Davis
Lighting Designer Kai Fisher
Costume Designer Jen McGinley
Associate Sound Designer Calum Paterson
Assistant Director Eve Nicol
Assistant Director Drew Taylor
Associate Artist Dylan Read
Associate Artist Ádám Tompa
Magic Consultant Ross Mackay


Making of The Hour

Cast and Creative Team tell us all about the show

The Hour - teaser

Co-director Janice Parker talks about The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other. 

Dates, Times & Prices

31 May - 2 June 2018

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Thursday through Saturday



£13 concessions

£13 concessions


Press Coverage

'one of the most remarkable community productions ever seen in Scotland... an exhilarating feat of choreography and direction'
The Scotsman

'a life-affirming sketchbook of how we live now, tomorrow and the day after'
The Herald

The Stage

'nothing short of extraordinary'
All Edinburgh Theatre

'Moves us with the simple concept of a thousand stories, all in the book of life'
The Reviews Hub

'an ambitious and successful piece'
Plays To See

'life’s rich tapestry weaving itself in front of your eyes'

'the overall sense of realness conveyed by this piece makes it a joy to watch'
Edinburgh 49

'complex, exciting and pretty unique'
Bouquets & Brickbats

'totally engrossing'
UK Theatre Network

'absolutely enchanting performance with a unique down to earth magic about it'
Scotland's Top Hostels


'Gloriously risky': Edinburgh residents play 450 characters in wordless play
The Guardian

Wils Wilson – The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other
The Herald

Community project puts 100 volunteers on stage
Edinburgh Evening News

The hour of inspiration
All Edinburgh Theatre

The Hour We Knew Nothing of Dramaturgy: Janice Parker @ Lyceum 
Vile Arts Blog 


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