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About Us

 

‘one of the UK’s most singular theatre companies’ The Guardian

 

JUNE 2020: PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE VANISHING POINT STATEMENT ON THE IMMEDIATE AND LONGTERM FUTURE.

Vanishing Point is Scotland’s foremost artist-led independent theatre company, internationally recognised and acclaimed for its distinctive, ground-breaking and visionary work. Our mission is to create world class, international theatre, led by director Matthew Lenton.

Established in 1999, the Company has developed an international reputation for creating bold and ambitious performances that are visceral, visual and entertaining. We explore our contemporary society through a unique lens of abstraction, imagery and text, creating worlds that resemble our own, but are magical and sometimes surreal. We produce highly visual, multimedia theatre infused with haunting poetic visions.

‘an international force’  The Herald

Our perspective is international and multicultural. We collaborate with artists and producers from other countries and cultures, us travelling to them and them to us, thereby enriching life experiences, artistic experiences, the diversity of our respective cultures and the experience of our audiences. We create work that overcomes language barriers and communicates across cultures.

‘In overcoming differences of language, Lenton has developed a theatre of soundless voyeurism, defying every rule of drama… brave and relentless, terrible and necessary’ The Scotsman on Wonderland

Our work has been created and performed in over 20 countries with leading international festivals and venues including Edinburgh International Festival, Buenos Aires International Festival, Santiago A Mil, BOZAR Arts (Brussels), Theatre de la Ville (Paris), Stanislavsky Season Festival (Moscow), National Theatre of Portugal (Porto) & Brighton Festival.

Our Ethos

There is no formula to the way we work. We think that if our shows start to resemble each other closely, it's because we're not striving hard enough to find a truthful connection between form and content - the content of each new show is different. So too should the form be. Simply, each time we begin working on a show, we create form and content together, so that each influences and unlocks the other. 

If there is something constant in our work, it is an attraction to abstraction, visual and aural poetry and a rejection of naturalism.  There is also the rejection of conventional ‘structure’ and received notions of what ‘drama’ or ‘a play’ should be and there is the appeal of darkness, imaginative and physical.

  • There is the belief that there should be space for an audience to ‘dream on’ to what they see, that not everything should be explained, that not everything is explainable.
  • There is the belief that watching our work should be like watching dance, without the apparent choreography but with the same meticulous significance of action, or like standing in front of a painting, which begins to move when somebody plays some music. But not like a play.
  • There is a belief in hard work and a commitment to supporting artists who do not come from a background of privilege or wealth.
  • There is a belief that ‘doing it your own way’ is better than going through the system.
  • There is the belief that critics should engage with the invitation the artist is making, and not judge things by their own standards.
  • There is a belief in the mystery and privacy of the creative and artistic process. It is not something we want to share with everyone. The rehearsal room is an intimate, private place where, primarily, everyone must feel comfortable – to experiment, to make mistakes, to discover, to improvise, play and finally to make something beautiful, moving and mysterious for audiences.
  • There is a belief that creativity and creative thinking runs through everything and belongs to everyone - not only the artists making the shows, but the producers, operational team and technicians, whose creative thinking and big ideas help propel the company forward.

Our Team

Core Team

Matthew Lenton, Artistic Director
Severine Wyper, Executive Producer
Eleanor Scott, Administrative Producer 
Gillian Garrity, Associate Producer
Brian Daly, Accountant and Finance Manager
Niall Walker, Marketing Manager
Lesley Booth (New Century PR), PR Manager

Creative Associates

Elicia Daly
Kai Fischer
Sandy Grierson
Pauline Goldsmith
Peter Kelly
Damir Todorovic (20.06.1973 - 15.10.2014)

Collaborators 

We work with a team of regular collaborators who enable us to realise our artistic vision. 

Fiona Fraser, Production Manager
Lee Davis, Stage Manager
Kara Jackson, Stage Manager
Greenlight Creative, Graphic Design
Mark Melville, Composer & Sound Designer

Board of Directors

Gillian McCormack (Chair); Victoria BeesleyCamille MateosRamesh MeyyappanFrancis McKee; Harriet MouldJudith Patrickson; Caroline Thompson; Mark Thomson

 

Information For Promoters 

To enable us to better realise our artistic vision and to celebrate diversity and cultural exchange we aim to continually develop new relationships with partners, collaborators, co-producers and audiences across the world.

Led by Artistic Director, Matthew Lenton, we work with a regular team of creative associates and have developed work and toured our productions around the world, including Brazil, Russia, China and across Europe. We work with students, independent artists, small, mid & large scale venues and festivals across the world.

Current productions available for touring include Tabula Rasa, TomorrowInteriors and The Dark Carnival: Unplugged. Whether you are interested in finding out more about developing a partnership, presenting our work or collaborating on something new we are interested to hear from you. In the first instance please contact us on hello@vanishing-point.org

 

Where We've Been:

Paris, Reims, Quimper (France); Porto, Lisbon, Guimares (Portugal); Naples, Modena, Bologna, Rome, Udine (Italy); Beijing, Shanghai (China); Seoul (South Korea); Lodz (Poland); Santiago (Chile); Buenos Aries (Argentina); Moscow (Russia); Brussels (Belgium); Sau Paulo, Brasilia (Brazil); Lugano (Switzerland); Prishtina (Kosovo); Tbilisi (Georgia); Colombo (Sri Lanka); Skopje (Macedonia); Ajaccio (Corsica), plus all over Scotland. 

 

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The Dark Carnival: Unplugged***/our-work/the-dark-carnival-unplugged/***13 May, 2019***

Isle of Eigg Community Hall
Presented by Isle of Eigg Residents Association

***@56.8785262***-6.139033
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***24 November - 25 November, 2014***

The 3rd International Festival of World Classics: New Classics of Europe

***51.7722135***19.4630502
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***17 October - 20 October, 2013***

Teatro Municipal de las Condes, Santiago A Mil

***-33.4166128***-70.5958179
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***11 October - 13 October, 2013***

Teatro Regio, Buenos Aires International Festival

***-34.5842309***-58.445764
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***26 October - 28 October, 2012***

Stanislavsky Season International Theatre Festival, Moscow, Russia

***55.7494733***37.3523199
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***20 April - 21 April, 2012***

BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium

***50.843776***4.3597967
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***18 May - 22 May, 2011***

Teatro Eliseo, Rome, Italy

***41.897741***12.488414
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***12 May - 13 May, 2011***

Teatro Storchi, Modena, Italy

***44.6439218***10.9314014
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***02 November - 06 November, 2010***

Theatre de la Ville, Paris

***48.8572905***2.3480363
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***20 October - 21 October, 2010***

Unity Theatre, Liverpool

***53.401056***-2.971963
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***15 October - 16 October, 2010***

Canolflan Celfyddydau, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth

***52.4158166***-4.0624551
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***08 October - 09 October, 2010***

Eden Court, Inverness

***57.4728896***-4.2309148
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***29 September - 02 October, 2010***

Tramway, Glasgow

***55.841032***-4.267404
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***22 September, 2010***

PLATFORM at The Bridge, Easterhouse

***55.8680605***-4.1191864
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***10 June - 14 June, 2009***

Napoli Teatro Festival ltalia, Sannazaro Theatre, Naples

***40.8358806***14.2433681
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***12 May - 16 May, 2009***

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

***55.8565313***-4.2458511
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***21 April - 09 May, 2009***

Lyric Hammersmith, London

***51.4929098***-0.2265036
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***17 April, 2009***

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

***57.149702***-2.09518
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***15 April, 2009***

macrobert, Stirling

***56.1457255***-3.9198693
Interiors***/our-work/interiors/***03 April - 11 April, 2009***

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

***55.9476394***-3.2048186
Tomorrow***/our-work/tomorrow/***11 November - 12 November, 2016***

Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre
www.tartscenter.com

***39.8833699***116.3940715
Tomorrow***/our-work/tomorrow/***17 November - 18 November, 2016***

Shanghai Baiyulan Theatre
www.ticket2010.com

***31.210085***121.4699803
Tomorrow***/our-work/tomorrow/***10 August - 30 August, 2015***

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Made in Scotland Showcase

***55.9476394***-3.2048186
Tomorrow***/our-work/tomorrow/***03 October - 11 October, 2014***

Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

***55.841032***-4.267404
Tomorrow***/our-work/tomorrow/***06 September - 07 September, 2014***

SESC Santana, Sao Paulo, Brazil

***-23.4966732***-46.6126862
Tomorrow***/our-work/tomorrow/***28 August - 30 August, 2014***

Cena Contemporanea, Brasilia, Brazil

***-15.772586***-47.880689
Tomorrow***/our-work/tomorrow/***21 May - 25 May, 2014***

Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Brighton Festival, Brighton, England, UK

***50.823406***-0.140621
The Destroyed Room***/our-work/the-destroyed-room/***19 February - 20 February, 2016***

Previews
Eden Court, Inverness
01463 234 234
eden-court.co.uk

***@57.4728896***-4.2309148
The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler***/our-work/the-beautiful-cosmos-of-ivor-cutler/***13 May - 17 May, 2015***

Theatre Royal, Brighton, Brighton Festival, England, UK

***50.8233496***-0.139983
The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler***/our-work/the-beautiful-cosmos-of-ivor-cutler/***29 April - 03 May, 2014***

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

***55.9476394***-3.2048186
The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler***/our-work/the-beautiful-cosmos-of-ivor-cutler/***25 April, 2014***

Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, Scotland, UK

***56.1457255***-3.9198693
The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler***/our-work/the-beautiful-cosmos-of-ivor-cutler/***23 April, 2014***

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, Scotland, UK

***55.948024***-4.750194
The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler***/our-work/the-beautiful-cosmos-of-ivor-cutler/***09 April - 19 April, 2014***

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

***55.851523*** -4.253619
The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler***/our-work/the-beautiful-cosmos-of-ivor-cutler/***04 April - 05 April, 2014***

Eden Court, Inverness, Scotland, UK

***57.473559***-4.2333177
Macbeth (Beijing)***/our-work/macbeth-beijing/***23 March - 03 April, 2015***

National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, Beijing

***39.8617077***116.3363364
Wonderland***/our-work/wonderland/***22 June - 24 June, 2012***

Napoli Teatro Festival Italia
Naples, ITALY

***40.8535224***14.1029229
Wonderland***/our-work/wonderland/***21 August - 22 August, 2012***

Eden Court
Inverness, SCOTLAND, UK

***57.4728896***-4.2309148
Wonderland***/our-work/wonderland/***26 August - 01 September, 2012***

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
Part of Edinburgh International Festival

***55.946832***-3.2044301
Wonderland***/our-work/wonderland/***26 September - 29 September, 2012***

Tramway, Glasgow, SCOTLAND, UK

***55.841032***-4.267404
Entartet created by Kai Fischer***/our-work/entartet-created-by-kai-fischer/***06 November - 10 November, 2013***

Bonhoga, Shetland

***60.2601982***-1.2869949
Ecole des Maitres***/our-work/ecole-des-maitres/***02 August - 19 August, 2010***

Stage a Udine, Teatro S. Giorgio

***46.0592771***13.1606109
Ecole des Maitres***/our-work/ecole-des-maitres/***19 August, 2010***

Udine, Teatro S. Giorgio

***46.0592985***13.2306506
Ecole des Maitres***/our-work/ecole-des-maitres/***30 August - 07 September, 2010***

stage a Napoli, Teatro Sannazaro

***40.8358806***14.2433681
Ecole des Maitres***/our-work/ecole-des-maitres/***08 September, 2010***

presentazione pubblica a Napoli, Teatro Sannazaro

***40.8358806***14.2433681
Ecole des Maitres***/our-work/ecole-des-maitres/***11 September, 2010***

presentazione pubblica a Bruxelles

***50.851406***4.358592
Ecole des Maitres***/our-work/ecole-des-maitres/***14 September, 2010***

presentazione pubblica a Lisbona, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II

***38.7148005***-9.1397875
Ecole des Maitres***/our-work/ecole-des-maitres/***07 September - 10 September, 2010***

stage a Reims, La Comédie de Reims

***49.2492843***4.0202589
Ecole des Maitres***/our-work/ecole-des-maitres/***11 December, 2010***

presentazione pubblica a Reims, La Comédie de Reims

***49.2492843***4.0202589
Saturday Night***/our-work/saturday-night/***15 September - 18 September, 2011***

Teatro Nacional Sao Joao, Porto, Portugal

***41.144753***-8.607398
Saturday Night***/our-work/saturday-night/***22 September - 25 September, 2011***

Teatro Sao Luiz, Lisbon, Portugal

***38.7092191***-9.1423362
Saturday Night***/our-work/saturday-night/***30 September, 2011***

Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimaraes, Portugal

***41.4372985***-8.2953246
Saturday Night***/our-work/saturday-night/***12 October - 15 October, 2011***

Tramway, Glasgow, UK

***55.841032***-4.267404
Saturday Night***/our-work/saturday-night/***19 October, 2011***

Macrobert, Stirling, UK

***56.1457255***-3.9198693
Saturday Night***/our-work/saturday-night/***26 October - 27 October, 2011***

Eden Court, Inverness, UK

***57.4728896***-4.2309148
Saturday Night***/our-work/saturday-night/***29 October - 30 October, 2011***

Traverse, Edinburgh, UK

***55.9476394***-3.2048186
Odisseia : Teatro Du Mundo***/our-work/odisseia-teatro-du-mundo/***20 May, 2011***

Mosteiro de Sao Bento, Porto

***-23.543371***-46.6339863
Rustaveli Theatre Project***/our-work/rustaveli-theatre-project/***14 March - 19 March, 2010***

Rustaveli Theatre, Tbilisi

***41.699722***44.7955893
The Beggars Opera***/our-work/the-beggars-opera/***12 September - 03 October, 2009***

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

***55.946832***-3.2044301
The Beggars Opera***/our-work/the-beggars-opera/***09 October - 24 October, 2009***

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

***52.4099661***-1.5140926
The Beggars Opera***/our-work/the-beggars-opera/***28 October - 28 October, 2009***

Tramway, Glasgow

***55.841032***-4.267404
Little Otik***/our-work/little-otik/***18 June - 21 June, 2008***

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

***51.487856***-3.176507
Little Otik***/our-work/little-otik/***05 June - 07 June, 2008***

Perth Theatre, Perth

***56.397136***-3.4316385
Little Otik***/our-work/little-otik/***03 June - 03 June, 2008***

Eden Court, Inverness

***57.4728896***-4.2309148
Little Otik***/our-work/little-otik/***21 May - 31 May, 2008***

Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow

***55.8507765***-4.2533182
Subway***/our-work/subway/***14 August - 26 August, 2007***

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (Fringe Festival)

***55.9476394***-3.2048186
Subway***/our-work/subway/***03 September, 2007***

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

***57.149702***-2.09518
Subway***/our-work/subway/***04 September - 08 September, 2007***

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

***55.8565313***-4.2458511
Subway***/our-work/subway/***13 September - 27 September, 2007***

Lyric Hammersmith, London

***51.4929098***-0.2265036
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***25 October, 2006***

Sanquhar Town Hall, Dumfries & Galloway

***55.3678416***-3.9417627
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***20 October, 2006***

Middlebie Village Hall, Dumfries & Galloway

***55.0629037***-3.355978
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***14 October, 2006***

Fisherman’s Hall, Buckie

***57.6744774***-2.9722513
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***10 October, 2006***

Tullynessle & Forbes Village Hall

***57.252192***-2.7315264
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***06 October, 2006***

New Deer Public Hall, Aberdeenshire

***57.5122743***-2.1943095
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***04 October, 2006***

Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire

***57.0301229***-2.148485
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***27 September, 2006***

Thurso High School

***58.5864759***-3.5341153
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***22 September, 2006***

Victoria Hall, Cromarty

***57.6805664***-4.0353834
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***20 September, 2006***

Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye

***57.0868947***-5.8715914
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***13 September, 2006***

Ballachulliish Village Hall

***56.6788500*** -5.1297250
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***07 September, 2006***

North Edinburgh Arts Centre

***55.9712527***-3.253911
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***24 August - 04 September, 2006***

Platform at the Bridge, Easterhouse

***55.8680605***-4.1191864
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***31 May - 18 June, 2005***

Soho Theatre, London

***51.5144374***-0.1329011
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***25 May - 28 May, 2005***

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

***55.8565313***-4.2458511
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***19 May, 2005***

Melton Theatre, Leicester

***52.7665272***-0.8911692
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***17 May, 2005***

macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

***56.1457255***-3.9198693
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***13 May, 2005***

The Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock

***55.6096286***-4.4944526
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***10 May, 2005***

Eden Court, Inverness

***57.4728896***-4.2309148
Mancub by Douglas Maxwell***/our-work/mancub-by-douglas-maxwell/***05 May - 07 May, 2005***

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

***55.9476394***-3.2048186
Lost Ones***/our-work/lost-ones/***05 April - 08 April, 2006***

Colombo, Sri Lanka

***6.9215466***79.8212826
Lost Ones***/our-work/lost-ones/***17 March - 18 March, 2006***

Skopje, Macedonia

***41.9990051***21.2848064
Lost Ones***/our-work/lost-ones/***13 March - 14 March, 2006***

Prishtina, Kosovo

***42.6654789***21.1599703
Lost Ones***/our-work/lost-ones/***19 October - 20 October, 2005***

Battersea Arts Centre, London

***51.4649531***-0.1607101
Lost Ones***/our-work/lost-ones/***14 October, 2005***

Gilmorehill G12, Glasgow

***55.8722459***-4.2844489
Lost Ones***/our-work/lost-ones/***11 October - 12 October, 2005***

Unity Theatre, Liverpool

***53.401056***-2.971963
Lost Ones***/our-work/lost-ones/***01 October, 2005***

Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

***55.9437875***-3.0570143
Lost Ones***/our-work/lost-ones/***27 September, 2005***

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

***56.071993***-3.453773
Lost Ones***/our-work/lost-ones/***23 September, 2005***

Cumbernauld Theatre

***55.9576213***-3.9755299
Lost Ones***/our-work/lost-ones/***21 September, 2005***

Gaeity Theatre, Ayr

***55.4613941***-4.6314127
Lost Ones***/our-work/lost-ones/***17 September, 2005***

The Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock

***55.6096286***-4.4944526
Lost Ones***/our-work/lost-ones/***06 September - 07 September, 2005***

Dundee Rep, Dundee

***56.4578129***-2.9763996
Lost Ones***/our-work/lost-ones/***08 August - 28 August, 2005***

Pleasance Grand
Edinburgh Festival Fringe

***55.9474026***-3.1818777
Lost Ones***/our-work/lost-ones/***06 November, 2004***

The Hat Factory, Luton

***51.8812249***-0.4143798
Lost Ones***/our-work/lost-ones/***29 October, 2004***

Eastgate Theatre, Peebles

***55.6522306***-3.1875098
Stars Beneath the Sea***/our-work/stars-beneath-the-sea/***20 May - 21 May, 2003***

Leeds Metropolitan University, Studio Theatre

***53.804236***-1.5491829
Stars Beneath the Sea***/our-work/stars-beneath-the-sea/***15 May - 15 May, 2003***

Junction, Cambridge Drama Centre

***52.1906821***0.1359265
Invisible Man***/our-work/invisible-man/***18 April, 2003***

Festival OuestNordOuest
Scene nationale de Quimper

***47.9981063***-4.1672501
Invisible Man***/our-work/invisible-man/***23 January - 24 January, 2003***

L’agha Theatre
Ajaccio, Corsica

***41.9226414***8.5657571
Blackout***/our-work/blackout/***18 March, 2003***

Aros Centre, Portree, Skye

***57.4017614***-6.2013638
Blackout***/our-work/blackout/***22 March, 2000***

Lochside Theatre, Castle Douglas

***54.9369691***-3.9306652
Blackout***/our-work/blackout/***24 March - 25 March, 2000***

Wynd Theatre, Melrose

***55.598111***-2.720189