The Dark Carnival: Unplugged
The Dark Carnival: Unplugged is an intimate music and theatre show: With songs, storytelling and a free (though not compulsory!) glass of whisky for everyone, it tells the tale of newcomers to the afterlife who discover that death is not actually the end. Incredulous at their continuity, they form their own necropolitan community where every night is party night.
Based on the recent five-star theatre spectacular The Dark Carnival, this new ‘unplugged’ version features Biff Smith on acoustic guitar and narrator Robert Jack telling the story of the residents of Dickinsons Brae cemetery - a love story that spans life and death and a celebratory, heart-warming night out.
Inspired by Weimar cabaret, danse macabre, Kurt Weill and Lionel Bart, the songs find themselves in a musical space somewhere in between Leonard Cohen and The Muppets.
‘each and everyone sings out for the great refusal, and for the joy of life itself’ ***** ★★★★★The Herald on The Dark Carnival
‘sit back and revel in this strange and wonderful entertainment for the moment we live in, and for all those who understand how human beings can always create songs and stories, wit and beauty, even in extremis’★★★★The Scotsman on The Dark Carnival
Sponsored by The Famous Grouse
If you are wondering how The Dark Carnival: Unplugged will differ from our recent five-star hit, The Dark Carnival, have a read of co-director, Nikki Kalkman's blog here.
Isle of Eigg Community Hall
Presented by Isle of Eigg Residents Association
Theatre Royal, Dumfries
Paisley Arts Centre Grounds
Part of Out of Place Festival
Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Presented by Lyth Arts Centre
Dunoon Burgh Hall
Cairndow Village Hall
Presented by Argyle Arts Collective
The Barn, Banchory
Byre Theatre, St. Andrews
Eden Court, Inverness
Birnam Arts Centre
Aberdeen Music Hall
Scotland Street School Museum
Presented with Citizens Theatre
‘Think Edgar Allan Poe Hosting Jackanory...While the full version of The Dark Carnival is to be cherished in all its grandiloquent glory, this pocket-sized reimagining conjures up a cabaret-styled sprite of a show, which, given the ghost of a chance, suggests it might yet have a long life to come.’ ★★★★ The Herald