A New International
The Dark Carnival
A co-production with Citizens Theatre
In association with Dundee Rep Ensemble
Conceived, written and directed by Matthew Lenton
Songs and lyrics by Biff Smith
Music by A New International
Set & Costume Design by Kenneth MacLeod
Lighting Design by Simon Wilkinson
Assistant Director Nikki Kalkman
Malcolm Cumming Robertson Trust Citizens Theatre Actor Intern
Ann Louise Ross
A music and theatre spectacle, The Dark Carnival features sixteen performers and musicians. Through songs, spoken word and Vanishing Point’s unmistakeable imagery, they tell the story of newcomers to the afterlife who discover, much to their surprise, that death is not actually the end. Incredulous at their continuity, they form their own necropolitan community where every night is party night: songs get sung, love gets made and whisky flows.
Above the ground, the cemetery brims with life. But a mysterious event throws the lives of the living into uncertainty. When news reaches the cemetery, an underground revolution begins, led by the stoical Mrs Mark and her band of necropolitans.
Created and performed by Vanishing Point and A New International, The Dark Carnival will transport audiences into an unexpected vision of the afterlife full of long-lost lovers, half-hearted ghosts, and songs that find themselves in a musical space somewhere in between Leonard Cohen and The Muppets.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: 10+