Nothing can stop the carousel. While driving to her dying mother’s bedside, a woman calls upon the spirit of her dead grandmother. So begins a quest through a labyrinth of memories. The Carousel is a journey that shatters the certainties of a woman marked by a pitiless landscape. Ultimately, joy prevails, in a final ride on the carousel.
The Carousel once again stars Maureen Beattie and has the same creative team behind this production as for The List including Director Muriel Romanes and design by renowned Scottish artist John Byrne.
Awards for The Carousel
- Scotsman Fringe First Award 2014
- Nominated for a Flying Artichoke Award
Read notes from writer Jennifer Tremblay on her play The Carousel and her thoughts on the characters she created: Download the programme (295kb PDF)
Access Performance: There will be a BSL Interpreted performance on 29 August at 12.20pm. The BSL Interpreter is Yvonne Waddell.
The Carousel is supported by Creative Scotland.
What audiences thought:
“Horse scene was very emotional and powerful as you felt the tension”
“The language was wonderful. The horseback sequence was riveting!”
“[what did you find meaningful/evocative] Playwright’s evocative use of language and Maureen’s [Beattie’s] exceptional talent and intelligence as an actress”
“What I found really startling was how quickly and convincingly Maureen inhabited her role and the various different characters within that”
“Very expressive and emotional”
The Carousel Trailer
Beattie’s performance is again remarkable
A veritable Tour de Force
a blistering performance
a complex and moving story with a compelling performance throughout.
a gripping hour
The voices of three generations – grandmother, mother and daughter – are given breath in this poignant and emotional story by stellar actor, Maureen Beattie.
Like the carousel rides which segment the text, the same faces come round and round again, and patterns repeat. Keeping up with this ornately structured play is dizzying, but resolves in a justifying surge of euphoric joy.
…in Maureen Beattie, Tremblay’s beautiful stage poem finds a performer who can conjure up all the faces of woman evoked in The Carousel…
Second play in Jennifer Tremblay’s trilogy is triumphant torrent of emotion at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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- July 24, 2014Gallery: The Carousel open rehearsal
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