Mark Murphy’s V-TOL presents
OUT OF THIS WORLD
FESTIVAL THEATRE EDINBURGH
Tuesday 23 & Wed 24 May 2017
Out Of This World is action-packed theatre from acclaimed writer/director Mark Murphy. Set within a world of projected film and animation, it combines his signature mix of groundbreaking aerial choreography, explosive special effects and edge of the seat storytelling.
Part psychological thriller, part heart-rending medical drama, this is the story of a woman’s descent into the depths of a medically induced coma. Once safely cocooned, she discovers a shocking truth that forces her to escape her subterranean safe house in a very real fight for life.
Cast includes: Sarah Swire, Scott Hoatson, Catherine Cusack, Itxaso Moreno and Anwar Russell
The production premieres on 21 April at Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling – one of the co-commissioners, and where it has been developed and rehearsed – before embarking on a UK tour including Eden Court in Inverness, Tramway in Glasgow and Festival Theatre Edinburgh. Mark has enjoyed a long history of working in Scotland, from his very first professional job in 1990 as part of Glasgow’s European Capital of Culture to his recent success with the 2014 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony. For Out Of This World, most of the team of cast, creatives and crew are from, based or trained in Scotland, including cast members Itxaso Moreno, Anwar Russell and Sarah Swire (who perform alongside Catherine Cusack), associate director EJ Boyle, lighting designer Lizzie Powell and designer Becky Minto.
Mark Murphy is a groundbreaking theatre-maker, celebrated internationally for creating genre-defying work that combines an unusually broad range of skills. As director, writer, designer, filmmaker and choreographer, he has led ambitious, large-scale outdoor events and international ceremonies for audiences in excess of 70,000, including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony (featuring 1500 Glaswegians alongside stars such as Kylie Minogue, Lulu, Deacon Blue and Dougie Maclean).
Out Of This World signifies Mark’s return to making work for the stage for the first time in ten years. It combines the thrill of the explosive spectacles he has created in recent years with the environment in which he feels most at home. His company V-TOL was synonymous with all that was dynamic and crowd-pleasing about his work in the 1990s. This show marks the company’s re-launch, now evolved to place Mark’s work firmly in the world of theatre.
Out Of This World has been researched with a Consultant Neurosurgeon, a Consultant Anesthetist and the clinical lead for the West Midlands Air Ambulance, with a development period that has taken Mark from a neurosurgical operating room to aerial rehearsal rooms in Buenos Aires.
Mark Murphy: ‘Out Of This World’s heroine Ellen is not only the main character but, intriguingly, also the location for the show – as much of the action takes place deep within her injured brain. It can be a playful place although often it is terrifying; and ultimately it is revelatory. I think a profound truth lies in the revelation that the pain endured, the tests faced and skills acquired while she is deep under the heavy blanket of a medically induced coma demonstrate the extraordinary capacity of the mind to equip the human heart with all it needs to survive outside of this deep sleep. I want audiences to dive deep with her on this journey into herself and be thrilled and stunned by the action she and they encounter.’
Julie Ellen, Artistic Director, Macrobert Arts Centre: ‘Hosting the making of Out Of This World and the world premiere with an artist of Mark’s calibre is fantastic and we’re so looking forward to sharing the experience with our audiences. This gravity-defying, imaginative exploration of the experience of someone with brain trauma will be the Conversation Starter for our summer season so there’ll be lots of activities and opportunities built around the show and its themes, encouraging everyone to get involved, ask questions and be part of a bigger dialogue.’