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A ghost story, two tall tales ethereally linked by one remarkable mind.

Glimpse is the story of an archaeologist who has forgotten her greatest discovery. Affected by dementia, she lives in a world where her television talks to her and flowers grow from the walls of her room. Four hundred years before, an old woman is stranded with her son in the bleak wilderness of Sutherland, surrounded by the peat bogs that eventually claim her life. As the dawn emerges, so does the connection between these ghostly figures, centuries apart but strangely linked by an umbilical chord that spans the ages.

Glimpse was created through six weeks working with dementia patients and their carers at a day centre in the Scottish borders.

Performance dates

26 January - 27 January, 2001

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

01 February - 03 February, 2001

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

06 February - 08 February, 2001

Dundee Rep Theatre

10 February, 2001

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

13 February, 2001

Unity Theatre, Liverpool

17 February, 2001

Portsmouth Arts Centre, Portsmouth


'A moving and occasionally disquieting piece of theatre…brings insight to this neglected section of our culture with a kind of teasing, primal whimsicality.'
The List

'If the sometimes poetic text is quietly impressive, the performances of the three strong cast are commensurate to its demands… Kai Fischer’s fine semi abstract set and Malcolm Lindsay’s excellent music add to the sense of seamless theatricality.'
Scotland on Sunday

'At first sight, there is a huge impertinence in Vanishing Point’s take on senile dementia… The company has the cheek to suggest there is a sort of poetry in this condition… By the end of Glimpse, it was clear here was a very sensitive and thoughtful play.'
Mail On Sunday

'A thought provoking and memorable production.'
The Stage



Directed by Matthew Lenton and Alistair Rolls
Text by Matthew Lenton, with Anthea McKinlay and John Killick
Set and Lighting design by Kai Fischer
Original Music by Malcolm Lindsay

Paul Cunningham
 Charles/One Eye
Kay Gallie Lucy  
Hope Ross Mairi

Production Manager Stuart Nairn
Stage Manager Craig Fleming
Production Assistant Steven Howie
Costume Kai Fischer

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