by Mechanimal

Thu 15 - Sat 17 Feb, 7:30PM

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Dusky Seaside Sparrow, Cinnamon-coloured Cryptic Tree Hunter, Problematic Flasher, Fire Millipede From Hell…

One human attempts to perform 26,000 other species in the space of an hour. Blending projection design from Limbic Cinema, movement, clowning, poetry, and a stunning soundscape, Vigil is a wildly playful, tragicomic exploration of life in an age of extinction.

All the animal and plant names that appear in the show are named on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of extinct and threatened species. Created by Herald Angel award-winning company Mechanimal, and performed by Tom Bailey, this Edinburgh Fringe hit show is back in town.

Mechanimal is an award-winning performance company from Bristol, led by Tom Bailey. The company explores new narratives of the Anthropocene era. Mechanimal creates and tours work both in the UK and internationally.

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

Image: Jack Offord

Supported by Arts Council England, UCL Culture, Summerhall and Bristol Old Vic Ferment.
The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council.


✭✭✭✭ 'Memorable... a requiem against a clock counting down” - The Scotsman

✭✭✭✭ 'Compelling... elegant... emotionally charged' - Fest

✭✭✭✭ - The Herald

✭✭✭✭ - The List

✭✭✭✭ - A Younger Theatre

“Beautiful, contemplative... a remarkable and urgent show” - The Guardian

“Beautifully realised and thought-provoking” - Total Theatre

'Humour... fragile poetry... episodes of horror and despair” - The Arts Desk

Fest Magazine Best Shows of the 2019 Fringe
The Guardian, Recommended Show at the 2019 Fringe.
Summerhall Lustrum Award winner, Edinburgh Fringe 2019.

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


  • Creator & PerformerTom Bailey (he/him)
  • Projection DesignLimbic Cinema
  • Associate DirectorGuy Jones (he/him)
  • Sound DesignAndrew Cooke (he/him)
  • Movement DirectorPhilippa Hambly (she/her)
  • LX DesignWill Leighton (he/him)
  • Film & Tour LX DesignJenny Roxborough (she/her)
  • Associate ProducerMartin Campbell (he/him)

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