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

Associate Artists and Creatives

Sylvia Dow
Kim Edgar

Pete Searle
Euan Jackson

Derek Gilchrist

The company is an umbrella organisation for the work of its artistic director Freda O’Byrne and her collaborations with other artists and creative partners. Projects include performances in traditional and non traditional spaces, and workshops and classes for professionals, children and adults.

Projects In Development:

Rendition – Tragic Carpet’s radical new work, Rendition, uses detailed collaborative research findings to tell the story of one man’s nightmare experience as the first suspect to be taken into the CIA’s detention programme. First performed at Hidden Door Festival in May 2017 and then at Manipulate Snapshots at the Traverse in February 2018 and 2019, Rendition has been developed into a full-length work that aims to visualise research findings using an innovative mix of puppetry, soundscapes and visual theatre. Rendition takes place in the Roxy Snug Bar which will be transformed into an installation within which the audience will experience the work. This potent, immersive production shines a light on the collusion between the CIA and the British Government and explores the juxtaposition between extreme vulnerability and absolute power.

The Keeper Hidden Door 2018 – a performance installation for children and adults based on The Seven Ravens and using music, puppetry crafts, coding and ice to explore, in a modern context, this Grimms’ fairy tale. The show explores themes of loss, personal identity, data, privacy and things technical. (8 to 12 year olds).

‘The Keeper’ at Hidden Door 2018 was supported by The Edinburgh Ice CompanyEdinburgh Hacklab and Prewired Under 19s Coding Club.

‘Burlap’  a childrens’ outdoor puppetry show focussing on compostables, dragons and lost narratives. (5 to 8 year olds). This project has undergone research with staff and children in Castleview Primary School Craigmillar in collaboration with Karin Chipulina of Carr Gomm.

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