What happens when you look death squarely in the face and how do we find the strength to crawl back towards life?
Following its sold-out world premiere in Bristol and critically acclaimed West End run, Touching The Void returns for one week only for a global broadcast, live from Bristol Old Vic.
Be transported from the comfort of your living room to the freezing heights of the Peruvian Andes, as Joe Simpson and Simon Yates’ perilous descent of Siula Grande becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. Bringing the thrill of live theatre to your home, experience the death-defying heights and life-changing decisions from a more intimate angle than ever with our unique multi-camera set-up and an engrossing 3D soundscape.
Directed by Tony Award-winning Tom Morris (War Horse) and based on Joe Simpson’s bestselling memoir turned BAFTA-winning film, David Greig’s thrilling adaptation charts this astonishing feat of human endurance.
Perched on an unstable snow-cliff and battered by freezing winds, Simon is desperate to rescue his injured partner who hangs from a rope below him. Meanwhile, Joe teeters on the brink of death and despair in a crevasse from which he can’t possibly climb to safety.
Life-affirming and often darkly funny, Touching The Void takes the audience on an epic adventure that asks how far you’d be willing to go to survive.
Join us in person at Bristol Old Vic and become a crucial part of the filming process. This won’t be like watching a normal show: the Pit will be home to the broadcast team and cameras will be following the action on stage as well as in the audience – a bit like being on a TV set. The show will be performed primarily for audiences at home, but we’re certain the experience in the auditorium will be one not to be missed. Please note audiences in the theatre may be filmed.
Video on demand (captioned and audio-described versions available)
Wednesday 2 June – Tuesday 8 June
|Set & Costume Designer||Ti Green|
|Lighting Designer||Chris Davey|
|Composer & Sound Designer||Jon Nicholls|
|Movement Director||Sasha Milavic Davies|
|Casting Director||Jill Green CDG|
|Casting Assistant||Amy Beadel|
|Associate Director||Evan Lordan|
|Associate Costume Designer||Emma Cain|
Thanks to Fuel’s Associate Scientist, Dr. Magda Osman, Professor Mike Tipton, and the Wellcome Trust.
Production images by Geraint Lewis
"Spellbinding. I've seen it twice and would go again in a heartbeat ★★★★★"
"This stunningly inventive play exemplifies the power of theatre. ★★★★★"
"A triumph of resolve and innovation...proves anything is possible in the theatre"
"Which knuckle theatre. ★★★★"
"Majestically tense. ★★★★"
"A truly remarkably suspension of disbelief. "
"Breathlessly exciting. ★★★★"
"A cracking production. ★★★★"