I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying." - Woody Allen
Inspired by an incredible true story, Fringe First winners Vox Motus, open their new production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on Sunday 8 August at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.
Our new production 'The Not-So-Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo' is a pitch-dark comedy featuring a host of eccentric characters, original live music and stunning design.
A frozen body found in a woodshed wreaks havoc in the local community, forcing them to confront questions of science, faith and immortality
'The Not-So-Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo' is a production where science, humanity and humour meet. Is there home for faith in the dry, factual world of science; can science itself be the deity in which we place our faith?
While it is easy to dismiss the Immortality movement as extreme and outrageous we aim for the audience to leave the theatre questioning their own response to 'conquering the blight of involuntary death' (the stated mission of the Immortality Institute) and the parallels this draws with world faiths.
The play questions what is sacred in today's media-saturated, Big-Brother-embracing, science-as-religion society. As well as delving into the dark, macabre and comically perverse it is also a quest for emotional truths, a sense of wonder and, ultimately, hope.
Written, Directed and Designed by
Jamie Harrison and Candice Edmunds
Fridtijof Fredo: Ewan Donald
Marilyn Conquest: Imogen Toner
Archie Merkin: Simon Donaldson
Officer Mac: Harry Ward
Composer and Musical Director: Michael John McCarthy
Assistant Director: Thom Scullion (supported through the Federation of Scottish Theatre's Creative Assistant Bursary programme)
Lighting Designer: Simon Wilkinson
Sound Designer: Graham Sutherland
Video Designer: Tim Reid
Costume Designer: Kat Smith
Production Manager: Fiona Fraser
Company Stage Manager (Festival): Mickey Graham
Deputy Stage Manager (Festival): Anne E. Page
Company Stage Manager (Tour): Anne E. Page
Production Technician (Lighting): Kate Bonney
Production Technician (Sound): Colin Wilson
Script Adviser: Stephen Greenhorn
Set Construction: B. Scenic Construction
General Manager: Susannah Armitage
Press Officer: Liz Smith
Graphic Design: Gary Birnie