Universal Arts Fringe

Teatr Biuro Podrozy

(The Travel Agency Theatre)

We welcome back to Edinburgh the extraordinary Teatr Biuro Podróży for the first time since we presented Macbeth and Planet Lem at Old College Quad as part of the Cultural Olympiad. We're presenting two shows – their new show Silence and the show which made their name in Edinburgh and across the world – Carmen Funebre

Carmen will be presented for just four performances.

photo: Krzysztof Kapica

Universal Arts in Collaboration with Pleasance Theatre Trust and Assembly Festival presents


23 years after the multi-award-winning Carmen Funebre, the acclaimed Company present the sequel. While Carmen explored the impact of war on civilians with the Bosnian conflict as the focus, SILENCE picks up the story of refugees caught in a spiral of violence and with their dreams of escape.

Why do those who flee expose themselves to the dangers and humiliation of displacement? And why do atrocities in the Middle East and the exodus to “safety” in Europe, evoke such fear among Europeans? 

This politically charged outdoor production uses pyrotechnics, and stunning physicality to create extraordinary, memorable images.

Financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, within the scope of the Multiannual Programme INDEPENDENT 2017-21, as part of the ‘Cultural Bridges’ subsidy programme of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. The Performance has been commissioned by Greenwick+Docklands International Festival / London and Hull City of Culture 2017 / Freedom Festival


photo: Murdo MacLeod

Universal Arts in Collaboration with Pleasance Theatre Trust and Assembly Festival presents

Carmen Funebre

Presented to accompany Silence, the Company’s return to the subject of war and its impact on civilian populations, Carmen is the 1995 show that sealed its reputation for spectacular and haunting large-scale performances.

Emotionally and visually linked to Silence, it is presented in a double bill for four performances only

An unforgettable dramatisation of war’ The Observer
‘The overall impact is devastating’ Daily Telegraph
‘A masterpiece’ The Scotsman
‘Terrifying and highly recommended’ The Guardian
‘Upsetting, beautiful and completely unmissable’ The Independent



Dates:             2 to 26 August 
Showtime:      21.30 except 16-19 August: 22.40
length:             60 mins 
ticket prices:    Sunday-Thursday £13 (£11),  Friday & Saturday £15 (£12) 

Carmen Funebre 

Dates:           16-19 August
Showtime:     21.30
length:           45 mins
ticket prices:    £15 (£12)

The shows are being presented at The Pleasance at EICC | The Square  
Booking details to follow when show times are confirmed.

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