Tidy Carnage 21 - 25 January

Tidy Carnage 2019

Image Credit: Pictures by Bish

Tidy Carnage


NINO ​is a solo performance piece of physical theatre with no dialogue. It is a darkly comic performance inspired by one woman’s experience of living in poverty and grappling with the benefits system; struggling to get by every day, with not much more than her imagination to keep her going. We never hear her speak, but we see into the absurdity and bleakness of her reality, and the voices that surround her, telling her she’s worth nothing because she has nothing.

Part clown, part dance, part soundscape, we are creating ​NINO ​to be a unique and provocative look contemporary poverty and the UK benefits system. It is inspired by real stories told to us by people who have lived on the lowest incomes in the UK, and what they did and didn’t do to get by.

Tidy Carnage are working on this new piece in preparation for a work in progress performance at Manipulate 2019. Performer - Melanie Jordan, Director - Allie Winton Butler, Sound Designer - Susan Bear.


Company Class | Tuesday 22 January | 10.00 – 11.30

Led by a Gaulier-trained professional, this workshop will encourage you to unlock your inner ridiculous self. The focus will be on listening to the audience, self and group awareness, embracing failure and getting up again after you fall. The workshop will use practical techniques to allow the performer to find a natural state of play and discovery with focus on comedic timing, devising comedy sketches and the art of making people laugh.


Company Showing | Friday 25 January | 16.00

Creative Scotland
Supported by Edinburgh
Supported by the City of Edinburgh Council
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