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VANISHING POINT

  (1999 - )

Nationality:    Scottish
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Vanishing Point was formed in 1999 with the principle aim of telling wonderful stories. In order to take our audiences on adventures into strange and beautiful landscapes, we wanted to make Theatre that focussed on the live event, to create an experience that was both visceral and entertaining. Our first production was an adaptation of Maurice Maeterlinck's play, the Sightless. Tired of seeing plays that could just as easily have been on television, we decided to abandon the visual aspect altogether: to perform the play in complete darkness. the audience were led hand in hand into a completely pitch black space. Around them - in three dimensions - sounds, words, smells and atmosphere were conjured to tell the thrilling story of a group of blind people lost and apparently stranded in a strange wilderness by someone else's design. Since then our work has developed as we continue on our own adventure. What remains constant is a commitment to tell remarkable stories, to enter worlds unlike our own and to collaborate with artists from many disciplines and cultures. We combine the discipline of work with the freedom of play in the firm belief that one leads to the other. Consequently we treat our rehearsal room as a playground, but a playground with rules, routines, and where an ethos of hard graft is instilled.

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        Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler, The         Beggar's Opera, The         Blackout         Brief History Of Time, A         Destroyed Room, The         Feast         Glimpse         Home Hindrance         Interiors         Invisible Man         Last Stand         Little Otik         Lost Ones         Mancub         Saturday Night         Sightless, The         Stars Beneath the Sea         Subway         Tomorrow



Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler, The

Synopsis:
You are the centre of your little world and I am of mine. Now and again we meet for tea, we're two of a kind. This is our universe, cups of tea. We have a beautiful cosmos, you and me. The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler is a musical and visual journey based on the songs, stories and poems of one of Scotland's most iconic exiles. A Jewish, Scottish, Londoner, Ivor Cutler was a wholehearted eccentric whose music and words range from the whimsical to the disturbing; had he been born in Russia he'd perhaps be a Daniil Kharms or a Gogol. Here, Mr Cutler stands alone. A true maverick, Ivor Cutler was the only artist to have been played on Radios 1,2,3 and 4. He was signed by all the major record labels, influenced the Beatles and was championed by John Peel. The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler weaves together the music, prose, poetry and biography of Ivor Cutler to tell the story of a remarkable life, from birth, through boyhood, to old age and death.

Notes:
Conceived and directed by Matthew Lenton. Created by James Fortune, Sandy Grierson and Matthew Lenton. Text by Sandy Grierson, with the Company.

1st Produced:
Inverness: Eden Court     04 Apr 2014

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Vanishing Point and National Theatre of Scotland

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biographical musical play

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Beggar's Opera, The

Synopsis:
the future's here. It's a brave new world, but wherever there's a world there's an underworld: muggers, smugglers, prostitutes, thieves. Nobody plays by the rules, least of all MacHeath - bandit, hedonist, superhero to some, villain to others. Among imitators and wannabes, he's the genuine article. But where he goes, trouble is sure to follow. MacHeath has married Polly Peachum. But he fancies Lucy Lockit. Lucy Lockit fancies MacHeath, but Polly doesn't want to share. Mr Peachum wants MacHeath's head, and so does Mr Lockit. And so does the law. With so many enemies, it's hard to tell who your friends are. John Gay's 17th century play the Beggar's Opera has been reconfigured to the not-so distant future. A dark, seedy, absurd, visually rich and cruelly comic co-production featuring new music from Alasdair Macrae and A Band Called Quinn, cutting edge production design and a large cast of leading performers

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Original Playwright - John Gay

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Blackout

Synopsis:
A boy arrives in the city shut in his father's suitcase and begins a dark and surreal journey through life. This is his story. A remarkable journey involving refugees, a stolen moon, disputed ownership, inept policemen and a revolt among the dead. Strange landscapes and figures, comic and tragic, materialise and disappear like stories drifting through the imagination.

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Brief History Of Time, A

Synopsis:
Based on Stephen Hawking's bestselling book, A Brief History of Time is about the universe, time and the urge to explore that leads humankind on a potentially infinite search for knowledge and ultimate answers. Embarking in groups of twelve, audiences begin a visceral journey around the spaces of Tramway. they encounter performance, animation and a sound and video installation, before indulging in a sinister game of cards which separates winners from losers. Winners are led one by one into the vast pitch darkness of Tramway 1, where faint images emerge from the darkness, before being led blindfolded into a nearby church. Here they are reunited with the losers, who have been on a journey of their own, for the final sequence.

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Text by Kai Fischer, Matthew Lenton, Norman Gray, Paul Johnson. Original Music by Malcolm Lindsay

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Devised Piece

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Destroyed Room, The

Synopsis:
The Destroyed Room takes its inspiration from Jeff Wall's famous photograph, which shows a ransacked room, where every item of furniture has been torn up and destroyed. What happened? It begins with what seems to be the recording of a debate, as guests gather to digest world events. They sit among potted plants and standard lamps, discussing the things they have witnessed and debating the ethics of watching. Around them, cameras film their every word and every reaction, beaming them live onto a big screen. As the debate intensifies, slowly and as if in a dream, the atmosphere begins to change. The Destroyed Room is about the profusion of lenses, which bring the world right into our rooms but also keep it at a distance. It's about what we see and what we turn away from. And what's coming.

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Conceived and directed by Matthew Lenton, created by Vanishing Point

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Feast

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Glimpse

Synopsis:
Glimpse was created through six weeks working with dementia patients and their carers at a day centre in the Scottish borders. Glimpse is the story of an archaeologist who has forgotten her greatest discovery. Affected by dementia, she lives in a world where her television talks to her and flowers grow from the walls of her room. Four hundred years before, an old woman is stranded with her son in the bleak wilderness of Sutherland, surrounded by the peat bogs that eventually claim her life. As the dawn emerges, so does the connection between these ghostly figures, centuries apart but strangely linked by an umbilical chord that spans the ages.

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ext by Matthew Lenton, with Anthea McKinlay And John Killick

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Home Hindrance

Synopsis:
Home Hindrance is new site-specific theatre piece and web-based film performed in a flat at the top of a Glasgow tower block. Only six people will be allowed in the audience each night, making for an intimate and intense night out as they are led through the flat, finding a different character in each room. This emotionally compelling piece weaves together such diverse themes as chronic sickness, soft porn magazines, weird Japanese food and Abba's 'sOS'. In Home Hindrance, life at the top of a Glasgow tower block becomes melded with life on board the international space station, which can be seen on clear nights from the bedroom window. the play takes a semi-autobiographical look at the writer's own experience of living with a chronically sick partner for the last five years. At the same time, the piece investigates the degree to which any story is 'based on truth' and the ethics of telling stories about the lives of others. Oh, it's a love story too.

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written by David Leddy

1st Produced:
Glasgow, David Leddy's Flat     2007

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Interiors

Synopsis:
Behind a window, in a cosy room, a group of friends sit down for a meal. the food is being cooked; the lamps are on, everyone is happy. Talk begins and soon stories unfold around the table, stories about the living and the dead, about missing necklaces and what happens when people get hungry

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Conceived by Matthew Lenton. Based on Interior by Maurice Maeterlinck. Interiors is A co-production with Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, Mercadante Teatro Stabile di Napoli And Traverse theatre in Association with Lyric Hammersmith And Tron theatre. Interiors was developed with the support of the National theatre Studio.

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Invisible Man

Synopsis:
Invisible Man is the wordless story of an improbable imposture. A violin maker and her husband make beautiful instruments for a brutal buyer, who profits by exporting them across the border to the city that glows in the distance. Hypnotised by dreams of the city and the freedom it offers, one night the man makes a break for it, leaving the woman to face the music. But nearby, a prisoner escapes from his cell and arrives at the house of the woman. Frightened at first, they soon begin a daring facade in the face of increasingly suspicious authorities. Combining physical performance, puppetry, projected digital imagery and an original music score, Invisible Man is a haunting and deeply atmosphEric show.

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Original Music by John Anderson

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Last Stand

Synopsis:
In a distant country, a man dreams of walking barefoot on the grass for the last time in his life. Back home, his estranged brother receives a parcel from death row containing stories of surreal but strangely familiar incidents. these incidents relate to a past they both remember and to a photograph taken years ago, in which they stand side by side. Last Stand is a distinctively visual show about brotherhood, memory, time and reflection, in which light paints amazing pictures and stories materialise out of thin air.

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Text by Matthew Lenton

1st Produced:
Gilmorehill G12 In Glasgow     1999

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Little Otik

Synopsis:
tells the story of a couple desperate for a child but unable to conceive

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Adapted by Matthew Lenton with Sandy Grierson And the Company. Adaptation of Jan Svankmajer's incredible cult film Little Otik

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Lost Ones

Synopsis:
Lost Ones is a surreal, fantastical adventure about a man whose unusual past is coming back to haunt him. Strange creatures are emerging from his body and disappearing through a hole in the skirting board. Each carries a bag in which something valuable is being smuggled to the void on the other side. It all goes back to an incident at the top of a mountain, a class outing years before. A group of extraordinary children at the notorious academy, St Peter's On the Hill, are taken on a day out by their teacher. Only one child comes back, but what happened on that mountain? And why has it come back to haunt our hero now? Based on a series of extraordinary short stories by Matthew Lenton, Lost Ones is a strange, beautiful and ever so slightly twisted piece with performance, extraordinary design and anarchic live music.

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live songs by Alasdair Macrae. Conceived And text by Matthew Lenton

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Mancub

Mancub
Mancub is a beautiful, absurd, magic realist story of a boy who seems to be turning into animals. Paul faces the usual struggles of growing up. Struggles for understanding with his father, struggles to work out what girls are all about. But he also faces a more pressing problem. Reality seems to be shifting, the balance of things changing as the people around him begin to display the traits of certain animals. But stranger still are the changes he sees in himself. Does Paul turn into animals, or does he only think he does?

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Adapted by Douglas Maxwell from the book the Flight of the Cassowary written by by John LeVert

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Oberon Books, London >>>, 2005   1840024755

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Saturday Night

Synopsis:
We are watching through the windows of a house, with a garden: different rooms, different people. What unfolds within is a mystery to be pieced together. Who is the young couple recently moved in? What is he doing in the bathroom? Who is that strange presence up above? And what is it that's moving in the garden? Saturday Night is the darker, dreamier and more surreal companion piece to Vanishing Point's innovative and award-winning show, Interiors. Saturday Night is about the environments we create for ourselves and call home, the dreams we build together, the secrets we keep from each other. It is about the creeping force of nature and the respite we find in the smallest of pleasures.

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Conceived And directed by Matthew Lenton

1st Produced:
Teatro Nacional Sao Joao, Porto     15 Sep 2011

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Sightless, The

Synopsis:
In a place, which not a single shaft of light penetrates, a group of men and women, blind to their surroundings, sit separated from each other. Abandoned by their sighted leader they grow ever more afraid of the darkness that envelopes them. the Sightless, performed in total darkness, is an unnerving thriller about perception, prejudice and the extent to which the fears that haunt us come from within.

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Original Playwright - Maurice Maeterlinck. Written And directed by Matthew Lenton

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Adaptation

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Stars Beneath the Sea

Synopsis:
A show about the brave, brilliant, barmy pioneers of deep sea diving and the lonely imPulse of delight that led them on hilarious journeys towards ingenious and tragic failure. Join us underwater.

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Inspired by the book by Trevor Norton

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Childrens Youth Audience

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Subway

Synopsis:
the future. Today's politics has become tomorrow's reality. An odyssey featuring stunning live music from a six-piece Kosovan band and inventive visual theatre from the creators of 2005 smash hit 'Lost Ones.' Co-produced Tron theatre, commissioned by Lyric Hammersmith.

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text by Vanishing Point, conceived by Matthew Leyton

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Play/Drama

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Tomorrow

Synopsis:
This new work from Vanishing Point explores what it is to grow old and be cared for, in a world where myth and spirituality have been subsumed by what we all know to be true - that we are born, we live and we die. Using its distinctive visual imagination, Vanishing Point explores this subject through the dreamlike scenario of a young man who suddenly finds himself in an alarmingly unfamiliar place. A place where everyone seems to know him and where strange rules apply. Where everyone seems to have his best interests at heart, but he is not at liberty to leave. A major international co-production, Tomorrow is a striking meditation on growing old, dementia, needing care and needing to care.

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conceived by Matthew Lenton

1st Produced:
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Brighton Festival     21 May 2014

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