Edinburgh based Tragic Carpet was formed in 1988 out of Middlesex Polytechnic (BA Hons Performing Arts). The company moved to Scotland in 1996 following a residency working with the children of Mull, Iona, Ulva, Ardnamurchan and Oban. Tragic Carpet uses ensemble visual theatre, movement, object theatre, puppetry, circus, mime, movement, music and light to explore the stories of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. “Ensemble theatre at its best” The Stage on Nosferatu
The company is an umbrella organisation for the work of its artistic director Freda O’Byrne and her collaborations with other artists and partners. Projects include performances in traditional and non traditional spaces, and workshops and classes for professionals, children and adults.
Also in Development:
Rendition – developing original scratch version to full length play with Sylvia Dow and Emma King (adult, community and secondary school audiences).
‘Burlap’ (working title) a childrens’ puppetry show focussing on compostables, dragons and lost narratives. (5 to 8 year olds).
The Seven Ravens a puppetry, shadow and object theatre show about a sister who rescues her brothers. The show explores themes of loss, personal identity, data, privacy and things technical. (8 to 12 year olds).
‘Inbox’ a live action puppetry film short.