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Touching The Void

Written by
David Greig
Directed by
Tom Morris
Age recommendation
Running time
2 hours and 20 minutes
24 Jan - 16 Mar 2019

Project History

A Fuel, Bristol Old Vic, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Royal & Derngate and Northampton co-production. 

Adapted from the book by Joe Simpson

Personal change in its most vivid and catastrophic form.

“His eyes had been full of thoughts. Pity. Pity and something else; a distance given to a wounded animal which could not be helped.”

Joe Simpson’s memoir Touching the Void, international bestseller and BAFTA-winning film sensation, charts his struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

The heart of the novel is Joe Simpson’s mental battle as he teeters on the very brink of death and despair in a crevasse from which he can’t possibly climb to safety. Also unforgettable in the story is the appalling dilemma of Simon Yates, perched on an unstable snow-cliff, battered by freezing winds and desperate to rescue the injured Simpson, who hangs from a rope below him. Knowing that they will both ultimately fall into the void, he makes the critical decision to cut the rope, forever changing the lives of both of them.

What happens when you have to face death squarely in the face and how do you find the strength to crawl back towards life?

Tom Morris (The Grinning ManWar HorseSwallows & Amazons) directs this nail-biting adventure, in a first stage adaptation by award-winning writer and Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh David Greig (The EventsThe LoraxThe Suppliant Women).

Key art photo credit: Marc Douet
Production photos by Geraint Lewis

"★★★★★ - thrilling, chilling drama reaches dizzy heights. "

The Guardian

"★★★★★ - a stirring testament to human fortitude and the power of theatre. "

The Telegraph

"★★★★★ - This is much more than a crampon brag: this is about loneliness, loyalty and the overpowering desire to survive. That’s what makes it great theatre."

The Times

"★★★★★ - electrifying production"

Stage Talk Magazine

"★★★★ - Gripping, inventively staged survival story on an epic scale."

The Stage

"★★★★ - A cracking production... masterly."

The Observer

"★★★★ - an epic tale is brought newly and vividly to life."

Broadway World

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