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The graphically glorious 1927 return to the International Festival with the European premiere of brand-new show Roots.

Witty, stylish and subversive, 1927 blends sophisticated stagecraft with the early days of cinema, all brought to life through the company’s signature fusion of handcrafted animation and storytelling, with a live musical score involving donkeys’ jaws, musical saws and Peruvian prayer boxes.

The company has unearthed a catalogue of thousands of little-known folk tales, that offer a fascinating glimpse into the imaginations of our forebears.

1927 was last seen at International Festival 2015 with a wildly inventive The Magic Flute, created in collaboration with Barrie Kosky, Artistic Director of Komische Oper Berlin. 1927’s previous hit shows The Animals and Children Took to the Streets and Golem have gone on to international acclaim.

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Part of You Are Here
9 Aug 7.30pm
Audio Described performance
22 Aug 7.30pm
Captioned performance
22 Aug 7.30pm
Touch Tour
22 Aug 6.30pm

Suzanne Andrade Writer & Director
Paul Barritt Animation & Design
Esme Appleton Co-Director
Lillian Henley Composer
Francesca Simmons & David Insua-Cao Additional Material

A co-production between Edinburgh International Festival, 1927, HOME, Spoleto Festival USA, Théâtre de la Ville Paris.

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Lillian Henley

9-25 August 2019

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book or watch. The 2021 programme will be announced in June.

★★★★ a brilliantly bold array of folk tales

The Telegraph

★★★★ Roots is utterly captivating and gleefully macabre

The Arts Desk

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Funded through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Edinburgh Festivals and


Flure Grossart