Envahisseurs (Invaders) - Manipulate Festival 2024

Compagnie Bakélite

Sun 4 Feb, 2PM & 5PM

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There is a muted threat lurking in the darkness of space.

At the edge of the universe, strange, gelatinous beings are moving towards Earth. Their intentions are still unknown... Will our armies be overcome? Will our world fall apart? And what is this disturbing character, half demigod, half undertaker, creating this story before the awe-struck audience?

Attending a performance of Invaders is like popping a sour candy into your mouth for the first time in 20 years: it tickles in the present, and it brings back fond memories. It’s an opportunity to play at being scared, but at the same time everything lends itself to a smile thanks to the omnipresent spirit of derision. A short theatre show of objects on a table, largely inspired by the science fiction films of the 1950s. The general approach is a tribute to, and a diversion from, the cinematic universe of alien invasion films, from the sequencing of the scenes to the soundtrack. Invaders has been received in many festivals in France and abroad. Join the crowd of spectators mesmerised by these little green jellies!

Presented as part of Manipulate Festival 2024, running from 1–11 February at venues across Edinburgh. Find out about other performances at the Traverse here.

Envahisseurs (Invaders) is part of the Traverse's £1 Ticket Project.

Photo: Virginie Meigne

Special thanks to Pascal Pellan, Alan Floc’h, Agnès Dupoirier

Co-production Scène Nationale du Sud-Aquitain, Bayonne. With the financial support of the Brittany Regional Council and the City of Rennes. Thanks to Lillico, Rennes and Jungle, Le Rheu

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council

If you have access requirements, please contact our Sales and Welcome Team on boxoffice@traverse.co.uk or 0131 228 1404 so we can arrange reserved seating for you and discuss how else we can best support your visit.


  • Directing & ActingOlivier Rannou
  • Staging ConsultantGaëtan Emeraud

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This performance is non-verbal.