Don't miss Fisk [Fish]

29th December 2016


Mental well-being is important to us all, especially in the darker months. This season we invite you to join us in connecting the ideas and experiences of mental health - explored in the live show, Fisk - our 2017 programme 'Conversation Starter'. Fisk is a starting point for a series of illuminating activities and discussions to help explore something of urgent importance to our communities. 

A new devised piece of theatre by award-winning Tortoise in a Nutshell, Fisk (fish), delves into how we manage struggles with our own mental health, with the support of others. The theatre company, renowned for their innovative puppetry and visual theatre will perform the show in both Danish and English.

The show welcomes us into the world of Man (Alex Bird), who, in the moment in which he cannot help falling under – meets Fisk (Arran Howie) coming from the depths. 

This is a story of a man and a fish, and the unexpected impact they have upon one another. It weaves together a rich tapestry of puppetry, movement and intricate design. Alongside an evocative original soundtrack, the piece draws audiences into an immersive marine world.

In this new highly physical and visual piece – the company draw on their own experiences living with depression and anxiety to create a portrait of how it’s possible to pull through – and how those around us become vital in balancing our brains.

This new poetic and visual exploration of masculinity, mental health and cups of tea at kitchen tables has been created working in collaboration with Teater Katapult, Aarhus Denmark. The script was devised with Danish playwright Anne Sophie Oxenvad.

The latest production from Tortoise in a Nutshell, Fisk marks a huge step up for the company developing their practice and returning to venues across Scotland taking on bigger spaces. Premiering on Thu 26 Jan 2017 at Macrobert Arts Centre, the show will then join the prestigious Manipulate Festival  on Fri 27 Jan - Sun 5 Feb in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. 

Thu 26 Jan, 7.30pm
Tickets: £14.50 / £12.50 Conc / £5.50 Students

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This performance will be followed by a free short discussion exploring the incidence and impact of mental health on all our lives. This will be led by a panel of people with personal and professional insight. 


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