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Touching the Void

Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

What happens when you look death squarely in the face, and how do you find the strength to crawl back towards life? Read more …

Joe Simpson's memoir Touching the Void, an 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 story 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 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, changing both of their lives forever.

The Lyceum’s Artistic Director David Greig brings his award-winning writing skills to the first stage adaptation of this nail-biting adventure, rich in psychodrama and suspense. Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic, Tom Morris (The Grinning Man, War HorseSwallows & Amazons), lends his visionary directing style to the show.


The critical consensus

David Greig finds humour amid the horror in this triumphant stage adaptation of the mountaineering memoir.

*****Mark Lawson, The Guardian, 19/09/2018

While there are certainly flaws to Touching the Void they don’t deduct the essential power of this incredible story.

Lilith Wozniak, Exeunt, 23/09/2018


Features about Touching the Void

'We need to hear bone splintering!'--Touching the Void crashes on to the stage.

Peter Ross, The Guardian, 05/09/2018

Tom Morris--Touching the Void

Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 08/01/2019

Touching the Void thrillingly realised on stage

Philip Wilson, The List, 17/01/2019

Touching the Void: bringing the mountains into the theatre

Susan Mansfield, The Scotsman, 21/01/2019

Where and when?

Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh from Thursday January 24, 2019, until Saturday February 16, 2019. More info: www.lyceum.org.uk

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