Iron Oxide
Creators of Daring Physical Performance

White Gold, Part of Culture 2014

Current Projects


By Adura Onashile

Direction and Dramaturgy by Graham Eatough

Performed by Adura Onashile

Produced by Iron-Oxide

inspired by 'The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks’ by Rebecca Skloot

Winner of the Scottish Arts Club 'Best Scottish Show on the Fringe' Award 2013 

Total Theatre Award Nominee 2013  Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award Nominee 2013

"When I go to the doctor for my checkup and they ask, and it seems like people always be asking to where I can't ever get away from it, I say, yeah that’s right, my Mother is HeLa."

1951 Henrietta Lacks walks into hospital with a pain in her abdomen.

2013 Cells, taken without her consent, are the cornerstones of medical science.

‘...a shocking slice of shamefully hidden history ... theatrically bold in the telling, with Onashile's heart-rending performance at its centre’

**** The Herald

HeLa is an astonishing story about ethics, equality and ownership of our DNA. This solo show by Adura Onashile takes as its inspiration the true life story of Henrietta Lacks and the extraordinary life of the HeLa cell line. HeLa is an all consuming tale, that spans race and poverty in 1950’s America, genetic identity, social responsibility and current ethical debates about human tissue research and ownership...

As this nature versus nurture discussion continue to rage within the scientific and public spheres, Henrietta’s ever current, very human story presents an incredible opportunity to ask the question – ‘Who owns our DNA?’

"Sometimes I wonder how you feel about everybody having you like that…about all them things they tested. Your spirit still in dem cells…….ain’t no way you gonna rest in peace with all bits of you floating around like that "

Against a backdrop that charts the scientific milestones of the HeLa cell Line; this production seeks to bring Henrietta Lacks back to life, using testimony from her family members, the scientific community and the doctors that treated her.

In Eatough's and Onashile's hands HeLa is an engaging exploration of the vast scientific progress made possible by one, unknown woman. HeLa blends an exciting mixture of emerging talent and experienced artists in this unique, multifaceted theatrical production, combining sound, film, movement and text.

Adura Onashile is a writer and charismatic performer with diverse experience in political, verbatim, site-specific and physical theatre. She has worked with companies including the National theatre of Scotland, National theatre, Urban Theatre Projects, Australia’s foremost site specific company, Chicago Shakespeare company, St Anne’s Warehouse, The LIFT festival, The Clod Ensemble, The Belarus Free Theatre and Vox Motus. Adura has toured internationally with both the Foreign Commonwealth Office and the British Council.

HeLa was part of Made in Scotland 2013  

HeLa enjoyed a successful and critically acclaimed run as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Summerhall.  Adura talks about her motivation for the project to the Summerhall TV team here.

HeLa Tour Dates Announced for 2014!

15th  - 17th February

  Sitara Studio

 Bombay, India

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21st  - 23rd February

  B.C. Theatre

 Delhi, India

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26th Feb - 2nd March

  Jagriti Theatre

 Bangalore, India

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18th March

  Contact Theatre


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17th - 20th April

  Bocas Festival

 Port o Spain, Trinidad 

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26th - 27th April

  Cena Festival

 Rio, Brazil

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8th - 11th May

  Edna Manley College

 Kingston, Jamaica

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5th June



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8th - 9th July

  National Arts Festival

 Grahamstown, South Africa

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8th September

  British Science Festival

 Birmingham MAC

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10th September



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22nd September

  An Cridhe

 Isle of Coll

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24th September

  Gairloch Community Hall


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27th Septemebr

  Birnam Arts Centre


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28th September

  Eden Court


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1st October

  The Beacon


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3rd - 4th October

   Traverse Theatre


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9th - 10th October  Body Festival Christchurch, New ZealandMore info...

15th - 16th October  Otago University Wellington, New ZealandMore info...

21st - 25th October  Q Theatre Auckland, New ZealandMore info...

More dates to be added.

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White Gold - Wed 4 – Sat 7 June 2014

An original Creation Conceived by Mark Murphy
Directed by Simone Jenkinson & Joseph Traynor

White Gold takes audiences on a transformational journey through Greenock’s iconic Sugar Sheds. As you walk through an immersive and surreal landscape, stories that have been gathered from across Inverclyde are brought to life by musicians, actors and aerialists from a massive cast of professionals and volunteers. Surprising, poignant and deeply moving, White Gold gives the community of Inverclyde top billing as the nation’s stars.

Our vision is to create a show that has the power to transform: to find the extraordinary in the everyday; to confound expectation of what a group of people with a united intention can achieve and in doing so get to the very heart of what makes these incredible communities of Inverclyde tick.
We developed the show based upon the answers we received from 10 questions we asked people in the local community:

1. Tell us the story of a door you wish you'd never opened.

2. What is the safest place you know?

3. Describe your favourite place 

4. If you could take one personal object on a one-way-trip to Mars, what would it be?

5. Tell us a story of falling in love.

6. Who would you like to apologise to and why?

7. Who do you wish you'd told you loved?

8. Which song means most to you and why?

9. If you could have any view out of your window, what would it be?

10. If there was only one memory you could keep, what would it be?

White Gold is part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, a national celebration. Culture 2014 will showcase dance, theatre, music, visual arts, comedy and much more in the run up to and after the Commonwealth Games, with Festival 2014 transforming the Host City at Games time. The Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life, and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding.

Project Partners
Since its formation in 2006, Iron Oxide has specialised in producing daring outdoor shows and has established itself as one of Scotland’s leading large-scale companies. Iron-Oxide mixes aerial work, original live music, highly physical choreography and intricate imagery to create spectacular performances that stretch the imaginations of its creators and audiences.

All or Nothing

All or Nothing are Scotland's leading aerial dance company.  Based in Edinburgh they have been blending breathtaking aerial acrobatics with dance, theatre and contemporary circus since 2006.

Thecompany’s creative workhasseenthemtakeoneverythingfromlarge-scaleoutdoorspectacletograndinteriorsandcabaretdining, small to midscale theatre touring,festivalsandone-offevents. Recently touring Sprawl, a dance theatre duet for all ages in non theatre spaces, and are currently developing a new aerial dance theatre work, Three's A Crowd for touring in 2015.  They will be performing in August for Cryptic's Sound to Sea another Glasgow 2014 culture project, dancing down the roof of the Glasgow Science Centre.

All or Nothing create greater opportunities to experience aerial dance and theatre, running classes, outreach, workshops and training programmes, spanning both the professional and community sectors. 

In 2013/14 they established a new professional training programme, Flying High, which bridges the gap between dance and aerial, up-skilling professional artists in harness work.

It has been a fantastic experience to train a volunteer cast for White Gold, to perform alongside them, and to be working in Inverclyde.

Tigerstyle is a Scottish Bhangra duo from Glasgow. Brothers Raj and Pops trained in classical Tabla, Gurmat Sangeet and various forms of Punjabi folk music and instrumentation. Learning to play instruments from a young age so that they could perform at their local temple, this young Sikh outfit is a much sought after act, sharing stages internationally with artists such as Lily Allen, Damian Marley and The Dub Pistols.

Inverclyde Community Development Trust contributes to the overall economic development of Inverclyde by providing or creating jobs for people from disadvantaged groups and areas. They also develop and run a range of projects which allow local volunteers and school pupils to get involved in their community.

Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cuerda Producciones are acollective of artists who share a long and prolific history of collaborative work in the creation of ground breaking visual theatre such as De la Guarda, Fuerza Bruta and other large scale, high profile events. They have a wealth of combined experience and specialist knowledge across the fields of engineering and production.

The Beacon Arts Centre opened in January 2013 as the replacement for the Greenock Arts Guild Theatre, which has served the community of Inverclyde well, for 65 years. The venue is a significant new addition to the Scottish theatre and arts scene and is a venue of choice for touring productions as well as being a vibrant hub for the local community theatre groups within the area.

Cold Mountain Kit supplies specialist equipment to those who work and play in vertical environments, from rock climbers and mountaineers, to aerial theatre productions and industrial users. The company has supplied equipment to 2012’s Land of Giants in Belfast, Cuerrda Productiones of Argentina, UAE GEMS educational summit Abu Dabi, along with numerous aerial theatre companies and specialist riggers.

Roy! Fairhead trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He has worked with numerous theatre companies since, on various projects from local, small-scale work to large scale theatrical and musical productions. Roy is based in Glasgow and therefore a large portion of his time is spent in Scotland and the UK although The majority of his year is occupied within the live music industry, and he spends a lot of the year touring the world with bands and at festivals.

Creative Team

Alex Palmer    Head Rigger

Becky Minto    Set & Costume Design

Brigid McCarthy   Assistant Director & Performer

Jennifer Paterson  Aerial Consultant/Performer

Joseph Traynor     Director

Lizzie Powell    Lighting Design

Mark Murphy    Creative Lead

Nathaniel Reed  Musical Director

Rebecca Hamilton  Associate Designer

SimoneJenkinson  Director

Teri Laing    PR & Marketing Officer

Professional Cast

Billy Mack

Jane Howie

John Kielty

Kathryn Cooley

Kirstin MacLean

Vince Virr

Community Cast

Alan Greig, Alison Parfitt, Amber Alexander, Ann Miller Hamilton, Dot Mckinnlay, Emma Scott, Gillian McGhee, Helen Blair, Jemma Blythe, Jill Hughes, Jo Anderson, Kieran Begley, Leanne Hughes, Louise Hair, Lynsey Atkinson, Marie Williamson, Mary Greig, Mary Wooler, Matt Henry, Michael Gorton, Natalie McGerr, Rebecca Greig, Roanna Davidson, Robyn Lovelock, Sally Morrison, Sandra McLaughlan, Sarah McGerr, Sharon Kearns, Sharon Tritschler, Siobhan McGerr, Stephen Armour, Taylor Laing

Technical Team

Aimi Ferrier    Design Assistant

Amir Sherhan    Chief Sound

Ben Terry    Technician & LX Operator

Chris Gowling    Technician 

Christine Dove    Wardrobe Supervisor

Dani Bastian    Stage Manager

Elle Taylor    Technician

Gary Morgan    Head Stage Manager

Gemma Turner  Stage Manager (On the Book)

Jack Roberts-Self  Trainee Rigger

Jimbo Browning    Site Manager

John Edgington  Aerial Rigger

Jools Walls    Production Manager

Katy Lonsdale    Wardrobe Assistant

Laura Pearce    Community Liaison Officer & Community SM

Megan Abel    Aerial Rigger

Roy Fairhead    Chief LX

Sam Burt    Stage Manager

Costume Team

Ellie Minto

Jennifer  Murphy

Design Team

Fraser Lappin

Hannah McCollam

Imogen Wooley

Isobel Jones

Stage Management Team

Jenny Howes

Hazel Davis

Nicola Todd

Produced by Iron-Oxide

Emma   Beatt    Assistant Producer/Project Admin

Natasha Lee-Walsh  Executive Producer

Wezi Mhura    General Manager

Conceived by Mark Murphy

Mark is an award winning director, outdoor events specialist and published writer.  Stand out achievements include: Writer/Director for London 2012 Legacy Trust project , Land of Giants, in Belfast; Writer/Director for Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture opening show; Director of Liverpool 08 European Capital of Culture opening show; Co-writer/Director for The Gathering in Edinburgh Castle; shortlisted for Creative Lead for Delhi Commonwealth Games Handover Ceremony.; Winner – Royal Television Society Awards – Best Live Event for The Preston Passion (BBC); Winner – Manchester Evening News Theatre Award – Best Visiting Production for Orwell’s 1984; Winner – Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production –2006 Helpmann Awards for Legs On The Wall ; Associate Director for Walk The Plank.

Simone Jenkinson, DirectorBuenos Aires has been Simone's creative base for the past ten years.  Having trained as an actress at Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama in London, she has performed with the aerial theatre company De La Guarda touring extensively around the world as an integral member of the team, casting and training new companies and is co founder and director of "Cuerda Producciones".  Simone also collaborated in the creation of the critically acclaimed Argentine aerial show Fuerza Bruta and proceeded to cast and train new companies in Buenos Aires and New York. Simone has worked with Mark Murphy on a number of his projects including the opening ceremony of the European city of Culture in Turku Finland and The Land of Giants part of the London Festival 2012.

Joseph Traynor, Director

Joseph has been based in Buenos Aires for the past 4 years and is co founder and director of Cuerda Producciones. He trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and has performed in a number of TV, Film, and Theatre shows over the past 13 years. He has collaborated with various theatre companies and directors, including; Frantic Assembly, Melly Still and Mark Murphy.  He performed as an aerialist in De La Guarda at the Roundhouse, London and co-founded Gecko Theatre Company with the highly acclaimed show Taylor’s Dummies (Time outs critics’ show of the year)

Becky Minto, Set & Costume Designer

Becky has worked as a set and costume designer for companies including National Theatre Scotland, The Royal Lyceum, Vanishing Point, Grid Iron, Visible Fictions, Scottish Dance, Walk The Plank, David Leddy/Fire Exit, Lung Ha’s, Perth Theatre, Wee Stories, and The Citizen’s Theatre. She has designed a wide range of productions for main-house shows, site-specific and large outdoor spectacles and small to large-scale tours. Out with traditional theatre spaces she has designed productions and installations within a forest, a disused tyre factory, a boathouse in Norway, and converted a 4mx4m office into a Japanese Tearoom at The Assembly Rooms.  More recently Becky created installations including a knitted car into car parks and ferry terminals in the Shetland Islands.

Nathaniel Reed, Musical Director
Nathaniel produces soundtracks for theatre, dance, film and large-scale outdoor spectacle. He has scored productions by V-TOL Dance Company, Mark Murphy, The National Theatre of Scotland, Frantic Assembly, Lois Taylor, Ersatz Dance, Trading Faces, Boilerhouse, Cardboard Citizens, Liam Steel, Jamie Watton, Hélène Blackburn and Walk the Plank. Recent commissions include music direction and composition for the Opening Ceremony for Turku, European Capital of Culture 2011, Finland, and Land of Giants in Belfast, funded by the Legacy Trust for the London 2012 Festival. Most recently he has been working in Norway with Panta Rei Dansteater.

Lizzie Powell, Lighting Designer

Lizzie’s lighting designs include Woyzeck, A Streetcar Named Desire, Show 3 & 5, Glitterland, ( Lyric Hammersmith); Weekly Rep (Royal Court);The LibertineFar AwaySeagullsKrapp’s Last TapeFootfalls (Citizens Theatre); Glasgow Girls, In Time O’ Strife, My Shrinking Life, Enquirer, An Appointment with the Wicker Man, Knives in Hens, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, Venus As A Boy (National Theatre of Scotland)Any Given Day, While You Lie, The Dark Things (Traverse Theatre); Debuts ( NTS & Traverse); Pangaa (Ankur Productions); Huxley’s Lab, Spring Awakening (Grid Iron/Lung Ha’s); Caged, Pobby and Dingan, The Book of Beasts (Catherine Wheels); Under Milk Wood (Theatre Royal, Northampton).

Alex Palmer, Head Rigger  

Alex is the founder and director of Cold Mountain Kit.  He trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama as an actor and has worked extensively within the television, film and theatre industry as an actor for the last fifteen years.  Recently he has concentrated on rigging for aerial theatre in shows such as Between Life and Nowhere with Natural Shocks for Theatre Delicatessen (conceived, performed and rigged). Land of Giants, Cultural Olympiad directed by Mark Murphy. Award nominated, Global Education Skills Forum Opening Ceremony UIAE, directed by Mark Murphy.

Brigid McCarthy, Assistant Director & Performer

Brigid trained as a dancer and worked as an independent dancer around Scotland for many years.

More recently she has worked with Mark Murphy on Land of Giants, Christine Devaney and curious seed and Ian Spink and is currently developing/directing Sleeper, a dance/music/art collaboration.  Brigid also runs a Pilates teacher training programme.

Jennifer Paterson, Aerial Consultant (Initial stage s & Community Engagement) & Performer

Jennifer Paterson is an aerial and dance artist and Artistic Director of All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre. She has performed worldwide with companies/directors including Boilerhouse, Catherine Wheels / National Theatre Scotland, Cora Bissett / The Arches, Curious Seed, Fidget Feet, Gravity & Levity, Iron Oxide, Mark Murphy, Off Kilter, Plan B and Room 2 Manoeuvre. Jennifer has performed on aerial fabrics and harness on many high profile projects including as part of the aerial team for the London 2012 Olympic Games Ceremonies.  She has been flying into Greenock for the past 5 months training a volunteer aerial cast for White Gold with All or Nothing and is loving getting so many people airbound as well as performing with them. Discovering the views of Inverclyde, the outdoor pool and anywhere with coffee has just added to the great experience of being here.

Rebecca HamiltonRebecca works as a Designer, Model Maker and Scenic Artist throughout Scotland. Companies Rebecca has worked for include; National Theatre of Scotland, Vox Motus, BBC Scotland, Tramway, and Channel 4. She is currently working as Associate Designer for Tin Forest for National Theatre of Scotland as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

Billy Mack

Billy was awarded Best Actor in The Stage Awards 2011 for his role as Akaky McKaky in The Overcoat, he is the only performer in the history of the awards to win it twice (he also won in 2009 for his role in The Sound of My Voice).  Television and film credits include: Rab C Nesbitt (Comedy Unit/BBC); Bob Servant Independent (BBC); Garrow's Law (Shed Productions/BBC).  Theatre credits include: Skewered Snails (Iron Oxide/London Southbank)); The Adventures of Robin Hood (Visible Fictions); Blithe Spirit (Perth Theatre); Some Other Mother (AJ Taudevin/Glasgow Tron); A Clockwork Orange, Othello, Ghosts, The Sound of My Voice (winner of 'Best Actor' in The Stage Awards 2009, nominated for CATS Awards 2009)

Jane Howie

Jane trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance and now works as a Movement Director and Choreographer, most recently staging Performance Costume for the ECA 2014 Fashion Show in Edinburgh. She also lectures in Musical and Physical Theatre studies, and sits on the SQA Quality Support Team, most recently revising movement units for HN Acting and Performance courses. Jane is delighted to be here in Greenock working with such lovely people on White Gold.

John Kielty

John is an Actor a Writer and a Musician.  Recent Theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), Whatever Gets You Through The Night (Edinburgh Festival), Dr Faustus (Citizens Theatre).  Television & Film credits include: Outlander, Soldier 1 (LBP Outlander Ltd), River City, Victor 2 (BBC Scotland), One Life Stand, John-Paul (Thomas Elemental Films), Taggart Death Trap, Johnny Innis (SMG), Donovan Quick, Steve (Making Waves), Drifting, Colin (Channel 4 Films).  Radio credits include: The Strange Case of Dr Hyde (BBC Radio), Easter Broadcast (BBC Radio), Care (BBC Radio), Christabels Anarchist (BBC Radio), The Name of The Rose (BBC Radio).

Kathryn Cooley

Kat, began dancing at the age of 11. She graduated from L.I.P.A, with a BA (Honours) in Performing Arts (Dance). Kathryn has worked with various companies across the industry including; Fidget Feet, All or nothing, Scarabeus Aerial Theatre, Cantabile 2, Attik Dance, Iron Oxide, Cscape and Les Commandos Percu, France on large scale work including; the Liverpool Capital of Culture Opening Ceremony, the Commonwealth Games Handover Ceremony in Delhi and as part of the aerial team of the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony in London.

Kirstin McLean

Kirstin trained at RSAMD (now RCS), Kirstin’s work spans performance, directing, writing and community theatre.  Acting work includes The Recovery Position, Oedipus, Self Contained, The Last Polar Bears and Macbeth (NTS), Volpone, The Seagull, Demons (Oran Mor), Anna Weiss (Rekindle), The Lesson (Benchtours), Tam O’Shanter and The Government Inspector (Communicado).  For television, she has appeared in Taggart (STV), Bob Servant Independent, River City (BBC), and Doors Open (Sprout Pictures).  She is a regular on BBC 2’s Limmy’s Show!  As a director and teacher, she has worked with NTS, Scottish Opera, Scottish Youth Theatre, RSAMD, The Arches and Macrobert Theatre.  She is also a guest tutor at Malmö Borgarskola in Sweden.

Vince Virr

Vince trained at NSCD before joining Transitions Dance company 2007 at Laban and gaining an MA (Distinction) in Dance Performance. Among others he has worked with Barrowland Ballet (Tiger, Tiger Tale, A Conversation with Carmel, Blank Album), Smallpetitklein (Cut, Tentacular, Last Night at the Palais, Sin, Stiller), All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre, Protein, English National Theatre, David Waring, Motion Manuel, Ruth Mills and Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake World Tour 2009/10. Vince is a trained harness aerialist through All Or Nothing Dance Theatre’s Flying High project. Vince is also a CYQ fitness instructor & assessor.

With thanks to:

Kay and her team at The Bay Hotel - Greenock


Inverclyde Leisure

Perth Theatre

Dundee Repertory Theatre

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Spruce Carpets, Glasgow

Cathouse Rock Club, Glasgow

Garage Night Club, Glasgow

Sandra @ Holiday Inn Express, Greenock

Brewer’s Fayre, Greenock

Glasgow University

Army Reserve Corps Glasgow

Second Opportunities, Glasgow

Berendsen Linen, Glasgow

Tayside Recycling, Dundee

Sarah Holmes @ Paper Doll Militia, Edinburgh

The Royal Lyceum Theatre
National Theatre of Scotland
Perth Theatre
The Fire Safety Centre Paisley

Yooz, Furniture, Glasgow

Ardgowan Hospice Furniture Store, Greenock

Aitken Ironmonger, Greenock

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Jewson’s building materials, Greenock

Lawfield Dam and Trout Fishery

Billy Brian Carpet Recycling

Tesco, Greenock

Recycle Inverclyde, Port Glasgow

Cumbernauld Theatre

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

70th Greenock and District Scout Group

Direct Paints, Gourock


Edinburgh International Festival presents:

'The Golden Age'  - EXHIBIT B - photo by Sofie Knijff

With Third World Bunfight in association with UK Arts International & Iron-Oxide Ltd

Exhibit B

A human installation on imperialism in Africa and racism

Exhibit B lies somewhere between performance and exhibition. 13 tableau vivant installations featuring black performers look at the themes of racism, 'othering' and the colonial history of Europe in Africa.

This deeply moving work, researched and created by South African artist Brett Bailey, gazes into the hidden Curiosity Cabinets of European racism. It focuses on the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Europe's powers scrambled for Africa's rich resources, and the continent's scientists formulated the pseudo-scientific racial theories that continue to warp perceptions, with horrific consequences.

Drawing on the 'human zoos' and ethnographic displays so popular during this period, this site-specific exhibit places Africans and African asylum-seekers in display cases, unpacking the histories, and turning the gaze back on Europeans.

‘...terrible and magnificent...should run for several months so that all government ministers and scholars can attend.’ Le Soir

"The piece is a mixture of shock therapy and musical and visual aesthetic"

"This is necessary because Europe has a lot to learn" Der Standard - Austria

"Exhibit A: Deutsch-sudwestafrika leads not only the fate of the indigenous population during the colonial period before your eyes, but also draws the eye to how people are perceived in Africa today" Wiener Zeitung - Austria

Please note, this performance contains nudity

Performances: 9 - 25 August

Venue: Playfair Library Hall, Old College, South Bridge, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

Tickets: £14 (transaction and postage fees apply)

Running time: A walk through performance lasting approximately 25 minutes

Performance Times:

Performances on 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22 and 25 August run from: 2.00pm – 5.50pm

Performances on 16, 17, 23 and 24 August run from: 10.30am – 5.50pm

Tickets available at 20 minute intervals

Tickets and further information: 

Edinburgh International Festival performances supported by   

Digi-Bhang Live

With Tigerstyle & Guests

in association with Iron-Oxide

There are Asian communities in almost every corner of the world and though Asian fusion is not a new idea, Digi-BhangBhangra music, what it is, where it came from and its potential future.

Bhangra was originally a dance, performed to traditional Punjab folk music, to celebrate the harvest. At this point the music (folk) and the dance (Bhangra) were separate entities. In the 1950s, a new folk dance style emerged from India. This superseded the old style and took the title of Bhangra. By the 1990s, a still newer style of dance was being staged in the Punjabi Diaspora, often characterised by a fusion with Western dance styles and pre-recorded audio mixes. This newer dance style took the Bhangra name and the music and the dance became one. Today, Bhangra music exists in different forms and styles all over the globe.

As Bhangra music has grown in popularity with international audiences some believe the sound has become generic and stale. Bhangra is at the mercy of its biggest foes; similarity and repetition - In leading Digi-Bang Live, DJ/Music Production outfit Tigerstyle are looking to break the mould and create something extraordinary. With collaborating artists and musicians from both Asian and Scottish backgrounds, featuring electronic and traditional elements, Digi-Bhang Live promises to be a welcome assault on the senses for fans of all genres.

Digi-Bhang Live was part of Made in Scotland 2013 as part of the first ever Made in Scotland Music award programme.  

Digi-Bhang Live is available to tour with a full band of 18 of just part of it.  Accompanying workshops available.

For further information please email