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Focus: Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point makes new theatre for audiences of today.  They imagine and realise exciting, unusual events with a strong international perspective.  They want their audience to be excited and sucked in by thrilling shared theatrical experiences.

Their's is a theatre of 'evocative stories told in a distinctive visual way'.  It combines an often physical performance style with storytelling, inventive design and animation.  They use the theatre space as a landscape in which remarkable stories can exist and illusion can deceive the eye. Vanishing Point's Mancub; Photo: Tim Morozzo

'There is no formula to the way we work.  We begin with stories that excite us, and try to tell those stories thrillingly.  The stories themselves may be invented, taken from life, literature or memory.  They shape and influence the theatrical form we use to tell them'.

Past work

Their first production in 1999 was an adaptation of Maeterlinck's Les Aveugles, performed in total darkness, which toured to Battersea Arts Centre, London, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Tron Theatre in Glasgow.  Since then their work has toured across the UK and internationally.  Last Stand was an early success performed at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.  Invisible Man, a visual play without words, toured the UK and Europe.  A Brief History of Time was a large-scale site-specific show which took place throughout Tramway and the church next door.

Vanishing Point's Lost Ones; Photo: Tim Morozzo More recently the company has enjoyed extraordinary acclaim with Lost Ones, an exuberant, fantastical ghost story with extraordinary design and anarchic live music, and Mancub, a collaboration with Scottish writer Douglas Maxwell.

Lost Ones originally toured in 2004 and was revived for a further UK tour in 2005.  A hit at the Edinburgh Festival, it is currently on tour and will play in London as part of OctoberFest at Battersea Arts Centre.  The show is currently attracting considerable interest from abroad and they hope to embark on an international tour in 2006. Vanishing Point's Lost Ones; Photo: Tim Morozzo

Mancub was produced in association with Soho Theatre London and received huge acclaim from audiences and critics in 2005.  It will be revived for a Scottish and UK tour in 2006.

Upcoming work

In 2006, Vanishing Point will undertake two exciting new projects.  The first is a new, devised, visual show currently called Subway.  Its development begins in February 2006.  Subway is a story of time travelling and a future world where illnesses can be bought on the black market, and where an imprisoned 247-year old former terrorist is nearing the release date he never thought he would see.

The second project in development is Whaleshow, a collaboration with Nicola McCartney.  This tells the story of the sinking of the whaleship Essex in 1820 by an enraged spermwhale.  Whaleshow will be a large-scale, blackly humorous adventure story that will open in early 2007.

The company

Vanishing Point is led by Artistic Director Matthew Lenton and General Manager Severine Wyper.  They are supported by a team of artistic associates including the actors Sandy Grierson, Itxaso Moreno and Claire Lamont, designer Kai Fischer and dramaturg Nicola McCartney. 

Vanishing Point's Lost Ones; Photo: Tim Morozzo

Their core team of artistic associates work and play together on a year-round basis to develop ideas, experiment and imagine the kind of theatre we want to see in the 21st century.

Shared resources
* Theme - Shared resources pilot
* Profile - David Leddy
Related links
* Vanishing Point
* Battersea Arts Centre
* Edinburgh Festival Fringe
* Tron Theatre
* Traverse Theatre
* Tramway
* Soho Theatre
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