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The Dark Carnival: Unplugged

Who’d have thought, that when we died, we didn’t die completely?
Our consciousness goes on a bit. It lingers on, discreetly.

The Dark Carnival: Unplugged is an informal, rousing music and theatre show: With songs, spoken word and a free (though not compulsory!) glass of whisky for everyone, it tells the story of newcomers to the afterlife who are surprised to discover that death is not actually the end. Incredulous at their continuity, they form their own necropolitan community where every night is party night.

But a mysterious event throws the lives of the dead into uncertainty. When news reaches the cemetery, an underground revolution begins, led by the stoical Mrs Mark and her band of necropolitans.

Inspired by Weimar cabaret, danse macabre and classic songwriters of musical theatre such as Kurt Weill and Lionel Bart, the songs find themselves in a musical space somewhere in between Leonard Cohen and The Muppets. Come in, have a drink and join us for an intimate, celebratory and heart-warming night of storytelling and song.

Sponsored by The Famous Grouse

Performance dates

13 May, 2019

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

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

19 May, 2019

MacArts, Galashiels

22 May, 2019

Latheron Hall
Presented by Lyth Arts Centre

24 May, 2019

Dunoon Burgh Hall

25 May, 2019

Cairndow Village Hall
Presented by Argyle Arts Collective

26 May, 2019

The Barn, Banchory

27 May, 2019

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

Eden Court, Inverness

30 May, 2019

Birnam Arts Centre

31 May, 2019

Aberdeen Music Hall
Tickets £8
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02 June, 2019

Sharkeys Bar, Glasgow
Presented with Citizens Theatre




Vanishing Point
A New International

The Dark Carnival: Unplugged

Conceived, written and directed by Matthew Lenton
Songs, lyrics and music by Biff Smith
Created by Vanishing Point


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