The Dark Carnival: Unplugged

Vanishing Point
Directed by 
Matthew Lenton
Ticket prices 
£12 Full
£10 Concession
*subject to booking fees (except at theatre box office)
May 2019 16 Thu 7:30pm (doors: 7:00pm)

Who’d have thought, that when we died, we didn’t die completely?
Our consciousness goes on a bit. It lingers on, discreetly.

The Dark Carnival: Unplugged is an intimate music and theatre show: With songs, storytelling and a free (though not compulsory!) glass of whisky for everyone, it tells the tale of newcomers to the afterlife who discover that death is not actually the end. Incredulous at their continuity, they form their own necropolitan community where every night is party night. 

Based on the recent five-star theatre spectacular The Dark Carnival, this new ‘unplugged’ version features Biff Smith (lead singer of A New International) on acoustic guitar and narrator Robert Jack telling the story of the residents of Dickinsons Brae cemetery - a love story that spans life and death and a celebratory, heart-warming night out.  

Inspired by Weimar cabaret, danse macabre, Kurt Weill and Lionel Bart, the songs find themselves in a musical space somewhere in between Leonard Cohen and The Muppets. 

The Dark Carnival: Unplugged

Written by Matthew Lenton

Songs, lyrics and music by Biff Smith (A New International)

Co-directed by Nikki Kalkman & Matthew Lenton

Performed by Robert Jack and Biff Smith

Created by Vanishing Point; supported by Creative Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Arts Live

Sponsored by Famous Grouse

‘each and everyone sings out for the great refusal, and for the joy of life itself’ *****
The Herald on The Dark Carnival
‘sit back and revel in this strange and wonderful entertainment for the moment we live in, and for all those who understand how human beings can always create songs and stories, wit and beauty, even in extremis’ ****
The Scotsman on The Dark Carnival