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Touching the Void

Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate & Fuel present the World Premiere of
Touching the Void
Based on the book by Joe Simpson
Adapted by David Greig

‘Life can deal you an amazing hand. Do you play it steady, bluff like crazy or go all in?’

What happens when you look death squarely in the face, and how do you find the strength to crawl back towards life?

Joe Simpson's memoir Touching the Void, an international bestseller and BAFTA-winning film sensation, charts his struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

The heart of the story is Joe Simpson's mental battle as he teeters on the very brink of death and despair in a crevasse from which he can't possibly climb to safety. Also unforgettable is the appalling dilemma of Simon Yates, perched on an unstable snow-cliff, battered by freezing winds and desperate to rescue the injured Simpson, who hangs from a rope below him. Knowing that they will both ultimately fall into the void, he makes the critical decision to cut the rope, changing both of their lives forever.

The Lyceum’s Artistic Director David Greig brings his award-winning writing skills to the first stage adaptation of this nail-biting adventure, rich in psychodrama and suspense. Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic, Tom Morris (The Grinning Man, War Horse, Swallows & Amazons), lends his visionary directing style to the show.

Co-produced with Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate, Northampton & Fuel.

Contains frequent strong language and depictions of injury and death.

Cast and Credits

CREATIVE TEAM
Writer/adaptor David Grieg
Director Tom Morris
Designer Ti Green
Lighting Designer TBC
Composer & Sound Designer Jon Nicholls
Movement Director Sasha Milavic Davies
Casting Director Jill Green (CDG)
Assistant Costume Designer & Costume Supervisor Emma Cains

Video

An introduction to Touching the Void

Dates and Times

24 January - 16 February 2019

PREVIEWS7:30pm
Thursday 24 January, 7.30pm
£10 (Preview tickets on sale from 17 December)


EVENINGS7:30pm
Tuesday - Saturdays


MATINEES, 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays

For Access performances see below.

Prices

Individual Tickets

EVENINGS
Tuesday - Saturday: £16 - £32

MATINEES
Wednesday and Saturday: £14 - £28.50

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

PREVIEWS
Unreserved seating, all tickets £10
On sale 17 December

Accessibility

AUDIO DESCRIBED
Thursday 7 February, 7.30pm
Touch Tour, 6.15pm
Saturday 9 February, 2pm
Touch Tour, 12.45pm

BSL INTERPRETED
Wednesday 6 February, 7.30pm

CAPTIONED
Saturday 9 February, 2pm

  • Book Accessible performances here

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement here

Creative Learning Events

POST SHOW DISCUSSION
Tuesday 5 February
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance.

  • FREE, no ticket required

LYT CURTAIN RAISER
Friday 8 February, 6pm
LYT will be doing a series of short performances in response to the show on the main stage, just before the show.

TALK SHOW
Monday 4 February, 7pm
The Will to Survive
Featuring Dr Mike Stroud OBE.

DEVISING WORKSHOP
Saturday 26 January, 10am-12:30pm
Touching the Void: Devising - Autobiographical Theatre