Tortoise In A Nutshell
Tortoise In A Nutshell are an Edinburgh based theatre company who specialize in puppetry theatre. They tour nationally and internationally, produce larger than life puppets for professional theatre across Scotland, and produce their own incredible, award-winning devised work.
Fisk (Fish in Danish) is a new devised piece of theatre delving into how we manage struggles with our own mental health, and the ones who get us through. Made in collaboration with Teater Katapult, Aaurhus, Denmark and Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling.
Fisk premiered in Aarhus in October 2016, and had its Scottish premiere at Macrobert Arts Centre on the 26th Jan. The show goes on a Scottish and is part of the 2017 Manipulate Festival.
We are immensely proud to be working on this tour, with so many venues and a wide variety of audiences.
And to work with one of the most innovative up and coming theatre companies in Scotland is a huge honour.
“Latest work goes above and beyond traditional notion of an ‘issue play’, embodying heartfelt spectacle.”
“For Tortoise in a Nutshell, art and theatre is about crossing borders and breaking down boundaries. Theatre allows you to put yourselves into someone else’s world. It’s important then that we can take theatre across cultures and communities. We can share different experiences and outlook on the world. Collaboration allows us to draw on different experiences, different styles of making work and different political climates. International co-productions allow us to create richer and deeper theatre and find the universal experiences even in the smallest of stories and individual of experiences.” – Ross McKay, director
“Set to Jim Harbourne’s stately score for piano and cello, McKay’s production has a defiantly slow pace – the better to reflect the man’s sense of helpless inertia.”
“A beautiful and subtle performance from Alex Bird as the man, and an increasingly passionate one from Arran Howie as the gradually evolving fish-woman, expressed through some memorably intense and quietly erotic physical movement.”
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 – Feral
Summerhall – August 2013
‘Even leaving aside the subject matter, there can be few more potentially stunning Fringe plays in the pipeline than Tortoise in a Nutshell’s Feral.’
Feral won a Scotsman Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013.
‘This mesmerisingly inventive show presents unrest as a symptom of public policy that puts profit ahead of community…
‘Their effort means we feel the loss much more acutely when things turn dysfunctional. Technically, visually, aurally and politically, it’s a tremendous show.’
‘Before reading this, please set your mind to superlative mode, because we are dealing with an absolutely outstanding show!’
‘You leave the show both pondering its themes and marvelling at its astonishing invention and imagination.’
‘as a practical metaphor for our relationship with the world, it’s refreshingly imaginative and thought-provoking.’
The show returned to Underbelly as part of the Made In Scotland programme 2014. Since the Fringe 2014 Tortoise in a Nutshell have extensively toured Feral around Europe and produced a new work for Imaginate Children’s Festival The Lost Things.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012 – Grit
Bedlam – August 2012
‘While quietly moving and stylistically inventive, Grit never feels preachy or emotionally manipulative. Instead it draws powerfully on the familiar paraphernalia of child’s play to highlight the very different experiences of children in different regimes around the world.’
‘Making full use of illustrations, puppets and innovative stage props, Tortoise in a Nutshell have created an important and imaginative piece of visual theatre that is a pure delight to watch.’
‘Using table top rod and accomplished shadow puppetry, ‘Grit’ poignantly displays the emotional impact of conflict and war.’
A Younger Theatre
‘Grit is an intimate and thought-provoking puppetry piece by Tortoise in a Nutshell theatre company, exploring war and conflict in Syria.’