Anatomy 12 (Evening Cabaret): Smog Beasts and Sludge Magic

A bright green swamp with trees, vines and water

Smog Beasts and Sludge Magic!
Evening Cabaret
June 24th, 8pm, Summerhall (Anatomy Theatre)

Beasts of brick bellow black smoke into the sky. Factories churn out chittering engine angels who breathe green clouds over the crumbling earth. These industrial swarms do battle with their sworn foe, Automotive Rex—bipedal trucks bearing teeth of rusted pistons with a klaxon roar. Their fights trample the dilapidated shanty towns in which the humans huddle. From the wastelands to the east comes a hero—dressed in rags and blast goggles. Who will fight alongside her? Will YOU make a stand against the plague of smog and sludge?

ANATOMY is a quarterly live art cabaret based in Edinburgh’s Summerhall, making multiartform performance for many age groups. We are pleased to announce Smog Beasts and Sludge Magick, a double-bill of events, including this evening show for adult audiences. (See this page for details of our family matinee.)

The event is BSL-interpreted and texts of performances are available on request.

Tickets are £7 and are available now from Summerhall

Featuring lions, smartphones, dance, poetry, meditation, weird ecology, the revenge of gaia, ritual, fear, love and laughter.

And featuring the talents of Ding & Sich, Rebecca Green, Charlotte Hastings and co., Mamoru Iriguchi, Calum MacAskill, Public Service Announcement (Katy Dye and Aby Watson), and the swamp-dripping nonsense of your beastly hosts, Ali Maloney and Harry Giles.


Public Service Announcement

We take them to bed and sleep beside them night by night. We coo and cuddle them on our sofas, dine with them and listen to them intently. We refer to them for financial and emotional support and they reassure us. We masturbate over them, we pose, pout and fawn over them and we pour our hearts out into them, searching for a match made in heaven. Technophile is a performance about the intimate relationships we hold with our personal machines and its resulting effect on our sense of closeness and intimacy with each other.

Content note: sexual themes. /

The Death Bird
Calum MacAskill

The soul lurches through the world. Time is a heavy, cloak on its weary, frame. The heartbreak of a loved one on the other side of the world and you cannot be there. A body split down the middle which your best efforts cannot re-join. But the wheel turns and that life can be shed to begin again. Merging Masque, Puppetry and Physical Theatre, Calum MacAskill brings you the strange, familiar Death Bird.  Meet Death as a friend; shake loose the Earth; let your soul take flight.

Content note: themes of death.


Ding & sich

Ding & sich present a new cycle of poems and prose, accompanied by a live sound score. Taking a microcosmic view of compound elements and biological structures, the cycle explores the body as base matter: We draw calcium from the ocean floor into the bones of our skeletons; the silicon from microchips into our beating hearts. Listening out for the resonances and sympathies between body and world the performance takes a good, long, hard look at the material conditions of life and death in starkly poetic, material terms.

Three young children are gazing at a green tent, which has a shadow of a footprint on it.

The Adventures of Sir Moustache Bristleby
Charlotte Hastings and Company

Sir Moustache Bristleby is an expert in all things cultural, historical, natural and geographical. He’s traversed the globe exploring exotic landscapes, urban jungles and fearlessly felling many a dreadful, fantastical beast along the way. He knows what truly lurks in the inky depths of the ocean, where the wild things really are, what monstrosities lurk beyond the safety and security of this chlostrophobic, smoky, city idyll. Cantakerous, clanking, caustic creatures corroding field and forest alike! Sepentine seamonsters surrupticiously swallowing vast swathes of arctic shorelin! Effervescent behemoths eagerly engulfing urban environments! And while we’re at it, where have all the bees gone?


Mamoru Iriguchi

Eaten is a performance piece for families about food. It playfully explores what ‘eating’ and ‘being eaten’ mean in nature as well as on our dining tables. Eaten is particularly interested in the act of being eaten, a generous act to offer one’s body (wholly or partially) for consumption by others. By taking multiple roles of the eater, the eaten and many others in-between, Mamoru asks children and grown-ups what we should and shouldn’t eat. And who should and shouldn’t eat us.

Rebecca Green

Track 1 of “Gaia Speaks – The Best Selling Holistic Eco Bullshit ‘Therapy Of My Ball Sack’ Guided Meditation Journey” CD.
Rebecca Green

Relax, close your eyes, and let the voice of Gaia take you on a guided meditation journey into your subconscious mind where you will discover that you are a cunt.

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