Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate & Fuel present the World Premiere of Touching the Void
Based on the book by Joe Simpson
Adapted by David Greig
‘Life can deal you an amazing hand. Do you play it steady, bluff like crazy or go all in?’
What happens when you look death squarely in the face, and how do you find the strength to crawl back towards life?
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 Horse, Swallows & Amazons), lends his visionary directing style to the show.
Co-produced with Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate, Northampton & Fuel.
Contains frequent strong language and depictions of injury and death.
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