Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland: Best Production of 2006, Best Technical Presentation, Best Ensemble
A co-production between GRID IRON and the NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND.
An imaginative journey through, in and around the possibilities of air travel.
Written and directed by Ben Harrison
Devised with the Company
4th – 22nd April 2006
BAA Edinburgh International Airport (audience departure point, Traverse Theatre)
Inspired by a diversity of texts from Michel Serres, Pico Iyer, Alain de Botton and many others, as well as testimonies from refugees and airport workers, Roam combined a multinational company of ten performers together with a large group of non-professional participants aged five to eighty-five.
Roam begins as the last flight leaves, that liminal time when airports become something other, a twilight world of memories, travellers’ detritus, ghosts and echoes of tearful and joyous conversations. Roam reflects on national identity, the gross inequalities in our world, and the politics of terror and also on flight itself as a symbol of human achievement.