Ragnarok - Manipulate Festival 2024

Tortoise in a Nutshell

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Feb, 8PM

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A golden age is ending. There have been three years of winter. The sun hangs low in the sky, unmoving, and the bonds of kinship are failing.

A young girl and her brother battle forward, seeking a future in a promised land. Two souls in a sea of thousands, they move through a fractured world as dream and reality clash around them.

A collision of ancient myth and modern spectacle, Ragnarok takes its inspiration from Norse mythology’s cyclical tale of the same name.

It is a story about fate and determination, mortals and gods, the world’s end and its rebirth.

What is it to be one face in a million, walking through the end of your world? The world is breaking.

Ragnarok creates a bold, haunting and multisensory theatrical world, populated by scores of hand-crafted clay figures and an atmospheric immersive soundtrack. Multi-award-winning Tortoise in a Nutshell create an enthralling new production that fuses forms to stunning effect, blending human performance, puppetry and hand-crafted live animation in their most ambitious production to date.

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.

Ragnarok is part of the Traverse's £1 Ticket Project.

Image: Mihaela Bodlovic

Ragnarok is an international co-production between Tortoise in a Nutshell in co- production with Figurteatret I Nordland (Nordland Visual Theatre) and in association with MacRobert Arts Centre. CS Lottery Funded

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.


  • Performance teamEmily Nicholl, Dylan Read, Shakara Rose Carter and Jim Harbourne
  • Original Performance teamEmma Jayne Park, Ella MacKay, Isabel Sharman and Alex Bird
  • Original DirectorRoss MacKay
  • Associate DirectorAlex Bird
  • Stage DesignArran Howie
  • Lighting DesignSimon Wilkinson (he/him)
  • Sound Design & CompositionJim Harbourne
  • DramaturgyNicola McCartney
  • Associate ArtistMelanie Frances
  • ProducerEmma Stewart-Jones
  • Production ManagerElle Taylor
  • Set ConstructionGuy Bishop
  • Design AssociateValerie Reid
  • Community CoordinatorHannah Draper

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Script/ Text Print Out available for hard of hearing audience, Audio Description also available.