Disaster Plan in association with Slung Low and the Traverse Theatre By Julia Taudevin

In-person Tue 3 - Sat 7 Aug

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A mother hurls her newborn baby into the outstretched arms of a stranger.
A grandmother remembers the ocean of her homeland.
A woman runs towards the approaching boats shouting “this way!”

Inspired by ancient keening rituals, MOVE is about migration, loss and communal healing. Weaving storytelling, choral soundscape and Gaelic song, five women portray the ebb and flow of people across the globe throughout the ages.

The inaugural show from Disaster Plan; a new company led by Julia Taudevin & Kieran Hurley, the award-winning team behind Blow Off, Beats, Heads Up and Chalk Farm. Presented in partnership with epic theatre-makers Slung Low and the Traverse Theatre, MOVE is staged in a unique open-air performance at Edinburgh’s Silverknowes Beach.

This performance takes place outdoors, on the beach, where the sand may be damp – please ensure you are wearing suitable clothing and footwear. Please note that wheelchair users will not be required to move over any sandy areas. The performance will be available to stream on-demand from late August.

Find out more about how we're keeping our staff, companies and audiences safe this summer.

Part of the Made In Scotland Showcase 2021 |

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, with additional support from The Scottish Government Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.

Image credit: Photograph by Sandie McIver. Artwork by Brian Hartley.

Press reviews

'The combination of sound and image is unforgettable' ★★★★ The Scotsman


  • Writer & DirectorJulia Taudevin
  • DramaturgKieran Hurley
  • Transfer DirectorAlan Lane
  • Sound DesignerMatt Angove
  • CostumeCatherine Barthram
  • Stage ManagerNia Wood
  • ProducerLuke Holbrook
  • Producer, Slung LowJoanna Resnick
  • CastNerea Bello, Helen Katamba, Mairi Morrison, Beldina Odenyo, Julia Taudevin

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