#EdFest: Translunar Paradise – a beautiful tale of a man trapped in a place where time stands still


Credit: Alex Brenner

With The Edinburgh Festival Fringe well under way we’ve asked Theatres Programmer Porl Cooper to give us the lowdown on the acts and shows visiting The Lowry via this years festival. 

First Look

Translunar Paradise is the next piece in our ‘In Development with The Lowry’ strand.

It’s the work of Lowry regulars Theatre AdInfinitum (Behind The Mirror, Odyssey, The Big Smoke) and tells a beautiful tale of a man who loses his wife, and instead of being able to let go and move on, finds himself trapped in a place where time stands still.

The production is the fruit of a collaboration between the company, Midland Arts Centre, Redbridge Drama Centre, The Ustinov Bath and The Lowry, and has been creating quite a (tearful!) stir since it previewed as a work in progress at Birmingham’s BE Fest in 2010, where it delighted audiences and scooped first prize resulting in a commission from Midland Arts Centre.

The show made its UK debut last month at MAC after winning yet *another* award for Best Theatre Direction at the ACT Festival, Bilbao

What I adore about this company is their accessibility, and their ability to spend an hour telling an intricate story without uttering a single word. I adore them because they completely excell in their skills of this ‘theatre of gesture’.

This is a show which I guarantee will completely blow away any misconceptions you might have about ‘physical theatre’ or ‘mime’, with its truth and honesty which exist in every detail, every minute muscle movement of the performers…


Whatsonstage recently had a chat with George from the company about the making of the production. Read more… 

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

Edinburgh Reaction

The Observer’s Tom Lamont described the show at the Edinburgh Fringe:
“Nothing in week one got to me quite like Translunar Paradise, a new show by Theatre Ad Infinitum, also at the Pleasance. I can’t ever remember sitting in an auditorium, as I did here, genuinely panicked about the prospect of the house lights coming up, because of the state of my face. I was a wreck, first tears having come about 10 minutes in to this tale of elderly bereavement, my face a raw red mess after the hypnotic, raking hour was over……………………..It was an extraordinary performance.”

The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner tweeted:
Translunar Paradise at Pleasance Dome. Quietly moving, delicate, and prescise mime/mask work used in portrait of a marriage & grief. #edfest

But please dont just take their word for it – here’s what audiences have to say via twitter.

You can see Translunar Paradise at The Lowry, Thu 8 – Sat 10 September.

Check back every Monday and Friday in August for more #EdFest installments from Porl.

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