More than 200 clay puppets will come to life in new play getting UK premiere in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s multi-award-winning visual theatre company Tortoise in a Nutshell, bring their latest production, Ragnarok, to The Studio at Potterrow as part of next year’s manipulate Festival.

Saturday, 28th December 2019, 11:41 am

A co-production with Norway’s Figurteatret Nordland and in association with the MacRobert Arts Centre, Ragnarok is set just as a golden age is ending. There have been three years of winter. The sun hangs low in the sky, unmoving, and the bonds of kinship are failing. The world is breaking...

A young girl and her brother battle to seek a future in a promised land, moving through a fractured world as dreams and reality clash around them. A collision of ancient myth and modern spectacle, inspired by the cyclical Norse myth of the same name, Ragnarok is a story of fate and self-determination, of gods and mortals, of the world’s end and its rebirth.

A production that draws its inspiration from contemporary human subjects, such as climate collapse and migration, it is told from the perspective of a young girl walking through a dying world.

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The piece aims to absorb and surround audiences, as a team of five performers - Emma Jayne Park, Isabel Sharman, Ella MacKay, Alex Bird and Jim Harbourne - flood the stage with sound, texture and more than two hundred three inch clay puppets, brought to life via live feed camera.

Since forming in 2010, Tortoise in a Nutshell has won numerous awards for their unique blend of puppetry, performance and innovation aimed at delivering exciting and thought-provoking experiences for audiences of all ages.

Ragnarok gets its UK Premiere at The Studio, Potterrow 7&8 February 2020, tickets from