A celebration of life - and death - in a play without words at the Lemon Tree

A celebration of life - and death - in a play without words at the Lemon Tree

Young, ambitious and highly successful Theatre Ad Infinitum bring their multi-award winning play without words Translunar Paradise, to Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree on Tuesday, October 22 as part of Luminate. 

A huge hit two-years running at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it has gone on to garner deserved acclaim and be seen by more than 50,000 people worldwide. 

Successes include selling out at the Barbican Mime Festival and during tours and performances worldwide. Translunar Paradise won awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in both 2011 and 2012. 

Dealing with the complex emotions surrounding love, loss and ‘moving on’, the play is a celebration of a life shared. After his wife passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy and past memories and, returning from beyond the grave, Rose revisits her widowed companion to perform one last act of love: to help him let go. . .

Both funny and sad - and exquisitely created - Translunar Paradise is told entirely without words and in their place are movement, haunting music and masks.  

This is a powerful and emotional tale of an old man who is confronted with solitude, but comforted by a rich tapestry of memories – from their courtship in the 40s, through the joys, trials and tribulations of their relationship spanning over 60 years.

Director George Mann says: “With this play, I wanted to explore something that had been part of my life for some time. My own experiences have taught me that death is very much a part of life, and aside from being sad and incredibly difficult to deal with, it is also a wonderful gift. 

“My father’s diagnosis with cancer was extremely hard but I also realized that each day until his death was to be cherished - it was an opportunity to appreciate our relationship, sort out our differences, and to say goodbye.

Translunar Paradise was inspired by such experiences and celebrates the beauty of love and companionship that exist both in life and in death.”

The production is an exciting departure from traditional physical theatre.

George continues: “What’s unusual is that we combine mask-work with puppetry and we tell this complex story using action to create the effect of ‘time travel’ by using hand-held masks to convey William and Rose as old people.  When we take the masks off, we’re the young William and Rose.  It’s a way of telling the story that audiences seem to just love.”

In 2013 Theatre Ad Infinitum premiered to great acclaim, Ballad of the Burning Star, a savagely humorous cabaret-style play about the enduring conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. A London run for Ballad of the Burning Star is being planned for 2014.

Tickets for Translunar Paradise are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Posted on Monday 07 October

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