When The Sun Meets The Sky

Capital Theatres in association with the Traverse Theatre presents by Jack Nurse and Robbie Gordon

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“I’m going to tell you a story. A story that remained a mystery for 70 years.

I like it cause it’s all about hope, about family, loss with a large side order of secrets. You intae that? Knew you would be! Maybe you can solve this one faster than I did…

But this isnae about me. This is about Maggie.”

Set in iconic Edinburgh locations - from summertime in the Meadows after the war, to a Beatles gig in the ABC on Lothian Road, Christmastime on the Mound in the 80s and ending up in the Port O’Leith after the turn of the millennium, When The Sun Leaves The Sky tracks Maggie through the decades as she discovers herself, her city and tries to get to the bottom of a mystery that’s eluded her since childhood.

Shaped by personal stories from the dementia community of Edinburgh and the Lothians and with a score by composers VanIves, this new audio play is co-created by Robbie Gordon and Jack Nurse with experts from the Capital Theatres dementia-friendly community.

The play was funded by Creative Scotland Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund and D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.

The Traverse Theatre is supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Image by Joyce Miller a resident at Elms Nursing Home, produced with help from activity coordinator Kathryn Bailey.

When The Sun Meets The Sky is available on Spotify, Acast and Apple Podcasts.

When The Sun Meets The Sky (Full version)
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Episode 1
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Episode 2

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Episode 3
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Episode 4

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  • WritersJack Nurse and Robbie Gordon
  • DirectorJack Nurse
  • DramaturgEleanor White
  • Composition, Sound Design and MixingVanIves
  • Additional Sound RecordingRuari Dunn
  • Sensory resource boxes created byAlex Howard and Dawn Irvine
  • CastTam Dean Burn, Rebekah Lumsden, Maureen Beattie, Irene Allan, Rehanna Macdonald, Mason Clarke Whale and Robbie Gordon
  • With cameos played by participants from Capital Theatres Dementia Friendly CommunityIan Laurence, Sheila Godman, Edith Donnelly and Beverley Groves

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