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Touching The Void

Written by
Joe Simpson
Adapted by
David Greig
Tom Morris
26 May - 8 Jun 2021

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


Based on the book by Joe Simpson, and adapted by David Greig.


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.

Be a part of the action

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

Video on demand (captioned and audio-described versions available)

Wednesday 2 June – Tuesday 8 June

Book here


Creative Team

Writer David Greig
Director Tom Morris
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



Sarah Fiona Hampton
Richard Patrick McNamee
Joe Josh Williams
Simon Angus Yellowlees


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 ★★★★★"

The Telegraph

"This stunningly inventive play exemplifies the power of theatre. ★★★★★"

The Times

"A triumph of resolve and innovation...proves anything is possible in the theatre"

The Guardian

"Which knuckle theatre. ★★★★"

Time Out

"Majestically tense. ★★★★"

The Stage

"A truly remarkably suspension of disbelief. "


"Breathlessly exciting. ★★★★"

Evening Standard

"A cracking production. ★★★★"

The Observer

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