Touring Information

The Rendition Project is a unique collaboration between academics and human rights proponents, which undertakes and publishes research into the involvement of the US and its allies in human rights violations in the aftermath of 9/11. With information on detainees, the global network of detention facilities and over 11,000 so-called ‘rendition flights’, at its core the project holds governments to account for their actions, whilst representing the victims of their abuses.

Tragic Carpet’s radical new work, Rendition, uses these detailed 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. The work is immersive and shines a light on the collusion between the CIA and the British Government. The set takes the form of an installation within which the action takes place and the audience experiences the work. This adds an element of closeness and potency to the audience experience. Tragic Carpet’s artistic director, Freda O’Byrne is the sole performer using an innovative mix of puppetry, soundscapes and visual theatre to tell this important story.

After initial sharings at Hidden Door Festival at Leith Theatre (2017) and then at Manipulate at the Traverse (2018 & 2019), Rendition has now been developed into a full-length work that aims to visualise the research findings using. After an extensive Creative Scotland funded R+D exercise in early 2019, Tragic Carpet presented the first 5-date run of Rendition at Assembly Roxy in March 2019. On the closing night we were joined by Rendition Project director Prof Ruth Blakeley for an illuminating post show Q+A. She has been involved from the very beginning and we hope that she will be able to join us for further post show discussions when the work tours.

Credits

  • Freda O’Byrne Creator
  • Sylvia DowWriter and Dramaturg
  • Kim Edgar Composer
  • Emma King Puppetry Direction
  • Gavin Glover Microcinema and additional direction
  • Pete Searle Production Manager
  • Euan Jackson Technical Manager
  • Derek Gilchrist Marketing and Communications
  • Carolyne Latham Critical Response Process Facilitator
  • Tony Pinchuck Graphic Designer
  • Lindsay Snedden Production Photographer
  • Lorna Simpson Show reel videogapher
  • Sarah Wright Additional Puppetry Direction
  •  This show does not have an interval

Marketing Description

On the morning of 11 September 2001 the world changed forever.

Four coordinated terrorist attacks on the United States – the first since Pearl Harbour – killed 3,000 civilians, injured 6,000 and set in motion a response that quickly became known as The War On Terror.

The Rendition Project is a unique collaboration between academics and human rights proponents, which undertakes and publishes research into the involvement of the US and its allies in human rights violations in the aftermath of 9/11. With information on detainees, the global network of detention facilities and over 11,000 so-called ‘rendition flights’, at its core the project holds governments to account for their actions, whilst representing the victims of their abuses.

Using an innovative mix of projection, puppetry, soundscapes and visual theatre, Tragic Carpet’s radical new work, Rendition, uses these detailed 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. This potent, immersive production shines a light on the collusion between the CIA and the British Government.Target Audience

Target Audiences:

– New writing theatre audiences
– Puppetry & visual theatre audiences
– Human rights activists
– Academics/students
– Ages 14+

Publicity Materials Avaialable

  •  Poster
  •  Flyer
  •  E-Flyer
  •  Media Release
  •  Social Media
  •  Programmes
  •  Hi-Res Images

Marketing and Press Pack:

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Advisory Content Warning

Note for audiences: Rendition deals with issues of political violence and torture. Suitable for audiences 14 years and older.Age Restriction14+ . Latecomer Policy: No latecomers.

Creative Learning

  •  Public Workshops

Q&A pre-engagement workshops drama and puppetry workshops showing and sharing after performance for groups interested in how thge show was made, the puppets, projection etc Cost by negotiation