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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.  

Performance dates

13 May, 2019

Isle of Eigg Community Hall
Presented by Isle of Eigg Residents Association
Tickets available on the door

16 May, 2019

Theatre Royal, Dumfries
Tickets £12 / £10
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17 May, 2019

Paisley Arts Centre Grounds
Part of Out of Place Festival
Tickets £10 / £8
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18 May, 2019

Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Tickets £14 / £12
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19 May, 2019

MacArts, Galashiels
Tickets £12/£10
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22 May, 2019

Latheron Hall
Presented by Lyth Arts Centre
Tickets £10/£6
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24 May, 2019

Dunoon Burgh Hall
Tickets £12/£10
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25 May, 2019

Cairndow Village Hall
Presented by Argyle Arts Collective

26 May, 2019

The Barn, Banchory
Tickets £8(advance)/£9(on the door)
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27 May, 2019

Byre Theatre, St. Andrews
Tickets £16 / £14
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29 May, 2019

Eden Court, Inverness
Tickets £17/£12 (booking fee applies)
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30 May, 2019

Birnam Arts Centre
Tickets £12/£10(£5 students)
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31 May, 2019

Aberdeen Music Hall
Tickets £8
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01 June, 2019





Vanishing Point
A New International

The Dark Carnival: Unplugged

Written by Matthew Lenton
Songs, lyrics and music by Biff Smith
Co-directed by Nikki Kalkman & Matthew Lenton
Set & Costume design by Kenneth MacLeod
Created by Vanishing Point
Performed by Biff Smith & Robert Jack


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