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.

Projects In Development:

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. This is a collaboration between Freda O’Byrne, Kim Edgar, Elspeth Chapman and Pete Searle. The show explores themes of loss, personal identity, data, privacy and things technical. (8 to 12 year olds).

‘The Keeper’ is being supported by The Edinburgh Ice CompanyEdinburgh Hacklab and Prewired Under 19s Coding Club.

‘Burlap’ (working title) a childrens’ puppetry show focussing on compostables, dragons and lost narratives. (5 to 8 year olds). This project is being researched in partnership with P1 staff and children in Castleview Primary School Craigmillar and in collaboration with Karin Chipulina of Carr Gomm.

Rendition – developing the original scratch version to full length play with Sylvia Dow, Gavin Glover and Emma King (adult, community and secondary school audiences).


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