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1927, Edinburgh International Festival, HOME, Spoleto Venue USA, and Theatre de la Ville presents

Roots

We need to know who we were, so we can imagine who we might be

This Christmas join HOME favourites 1927 (Golem, The Animals and Children Took to the Streets) for a celebration of other cultures, told through their famed blending of theatre, animation and storytelling.

1927 have unearthed a series of rarely told folktales that offer a glimpse into imaginations from a pre-industrialized age. Tyrannical ogres, magical birds, and very, very fat cats are brought to life with the company’s signature fusion of handcrafted animation and storytelling, with a live score involving Peruvian prayer boxes, donkey jaws, violins, and musical saws. This world premiere considers the narratives of our forefathers and how they might shape the stories of our future.

★★★★ “1927’s imaginative palette has expanded into the realms of the fantastical, while the full umbilical roots between ancient and modern forms of folk tale is brought home in the multi-faceted ways of sharing that suggests the international language of storytelling is more than safe in their hands.” – The Herald

“There is magic in the contrasts between the stillness of the drawings, the moving animation and living flesh… I marvelled at the stagecraft in bringing them all to life.” – The Observer

★★★★ “Offers an extraordinary blend of the material and digital that acts as a fascinating mediation on the nature of theatricality and liveness… Rejecting the morality of traditional fairy tales, Roots instead considers the ways in which culture is rooted in story, in stories that form, connect, and trap – stories, like Roots, that tell something fundamental.” – The List

“The creative delivery of the tales is outstanding… Beautiful and meticulous.” – Independent

“It almost goes without saying that the show’s individual elements, from Suzanne Andrade’s wry script to Paul Barritt’s jittery, spidery animations, the cabaret-style live soundtrack and the larger-than-life performances, are meticulously realised… It is the seamless interaction between performance and design that is remarkable.” – The Times

“Plenty to delight the senses.” – The Guardian

“Sly, witty… Utterly captivating, gleefully macabre… It makes its points so cunningly that they might just slip into your subconscious without you even noticing.” – The Arts Desk

“Contains moments of magic… Shows how these tales bleed across linguistic and geographic borders – how they underscore our cultural commonality.” – The Stage

“A very slick production.” – Time Out

“It is almost impossible to impart in words the magic of a 1927 show. A thrilling combination of animation, live performance, theatre and music.” – The Telegraph

“Anyone interested in the theatre should see this company now.” – The Observer