Translunar Paradise by Theatre Ad Infinitum
Co-production: Developed with The Lowry, Salford Quays; Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Birmingham; Redbridge Drama Centre, London; The Ustinov Studio Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath. Supported by Arts Council England; BE Festival, Birmingham; Rose Bruford College, Sidcup; Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh and PULSE Festival & New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.
Translunar Paradise takes you on a journey of life, death, and enduring love.
After his wife passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy and past memories, a place far from the reality of his grief. Returning from beyond the grave, Rose revisits her widowed companion to perform one last act of love: to help him let go.
Using a live accordion accompaniment, this exquisite piece of mask and movement theatre was a multi-award winning, critically acclaimed sellout at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 & 2012.
‘An extraordinary performance. Translunar Paradise so moved me (and plenty of others in the oft-sniffling audience) because of its uniquely devastating method, prompting thoughts about bereavement using only gesture, never cheapening its subject by attempting to describe the indescribable’ Observer
‘An admirable, infinitely gentle and wordless story of loss and remembrance’ The Times (4 stars)
‘The inventiveness of the storytelling is constantly amazing, the story universal and bittersweet, and the performance immaculate … I really cannot recommend this highly enough’ The Stage
‘Extraordinarily poignant…beautifully performed…. packs a real emotional punch. In the end, this is a show about loss and bereavement that is as much about mourning your own lost self as about the grief at the death of a long-term partner.’ The Guardian
A superb tribute to the inexpressible bounty of love, this is a show that will steal your heart. The Scotsman * * * * *
Awards for Translunar Paradise: Brighton Festival Argus Angel Award 2012 | Liverpool Daily Post ‘Best Fringe Show of 2011’ | The Fringe Review ‘Outstanding Theatre Award’ 2011 | The Observer ‘Iron Man’ Award for Kim Heron | Brave New World Award & Audience Award at the Sarajevo MESS Theatre Festival, Bosnia & Herzegovina 2011 | 1st Prize BE Festival Development Award 2010 | Best Theatre Direction Award at ACT Festival Bilbao, Spain 2011
Award Nominations Translunar Paradise: Shortlisted for the following: The Stage Award for ‘Best Ensemble’ 2011 | Total Theatre Award for Visual/Physical Devised Theatre | Brighton Fringe ‘Best of Edinburgh Award’