Theatre Preview: Fossils @ The Wardrobe Theatre 

by Polly Hember

Vanessa is a young, successful research scientist working in evolutionary biology. Her father had always been obsessed with the enigmatic Loch Ness Monster, and went missing in the Highlands when she was just a teenager. A new photograph emerges that points to something strange swimming in the Loch – and Vanessa can’t help but dig deeper. Fossils is a new, exploratory play that sees Vanessa embark on a very personal research project in an emotive search for her missing father. Bucket Club’s new play is about science and personal mythology. Fossils is told by three performers, plastic dinosaurs, multiple instruments and twenty (!) fish tanks. The vivid live music is produced by the innovative performers by a fusion of recorded sound, manipulations and electronic game consoles, creating a highly original and introspective sonic landscape that is just as haunting as the indeterminate presence of the Loch Ness Monster in the depths of the Scottish lakes.

Fossils comes to Bristol’s Wardrobe Theatre this October after a sell-out run at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe (where it was shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence) and a transfer to the Brits Off Broadway Festival at 59E59 in the Big Apple.


“Inventive… with a wonderfully weirdo score that should have Leon Theremin giggling in his grave” – New York Times


“Fossils is a beautifully hewn story… a gem of a piece.” – Total Theatre


“A captivating, poignant reflection on love, longing and the importance of mystery in all our lives” – The List

Presented by Bucket Club (as associate company of Farnham Maltings)
Where The Wardrobe Theatre
When October 4 – October 7
Times 8pm (plus 2pm Saturday Matinee)
Directed by Nel Crouch
Adam Farrell as Dominic
Luke Murphy as Myles
Helen Vinten as Vanessa
Produced by Matt Lister
Designed by Rebecca Jane Wood
Lighting by Joe Price
Composed by David Ridley
Dramaturgy by Marietta Kirkbridge


Photo credit Paul Blakemore

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