All of a sudden Big-Seer jumps to life. “Dark matter, here we come!” she exclaims.
The Edge of the Sky | Oir Nan Speur is a beautiful new ‘analogue theatre show’ in which two astronomers try to unravel a story from the past following a cataclysmic event.
Performed in English and Gaelic, it is a uniquely Hebridean adaptation of an internationally acclaimed book by astrophysicist and award-winning science communicator Roberto Trotta, in which he attempts to explain the mysteries of the Universe with only the 1000 most commonly used words in English.
The Edge of the Sky | Oir Nan Speur is adapted and directed by Laura Cameron-Lewis, and stars Elspeth Turner and Daibhidh Walker. It is produced by sruth-mara and supported by funding from Creative Scotland and Bòrd Na Gàidhlig.
Like the Universe, it’s a work in progress.
Find out more by listening to our Edge of the Sky podcast with Roberto Trotta and director Laura Cameron-Lewis.
sruth-mara is a Lewis-based production company. Its most recent project was the world premiere of Move-Gluasad (**** The Guardian, **** The List) which went on to become one of the most talked about shows at the 2021 Edinburgh Fringe.
Roberto Trotta is an astrophysicist who was awarded the 2020 Annie Maunder Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society for his work in public engagement – including g-Astronomy, which he brought to the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival in 2020. Following the publication of The Edge of the Sky he was named by Foreign Policy as one of the 100 Global Thinkers 2014. He is currently Head of the Theoretical and Scientific Data Science at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy.
The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is supported by Caledonian MacBrayne, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Culture and Business Fund Scotland. We would also like to thank our event partners, Calanais Visitor Centre, Stornoway Astronomical Society, Gallan Head Community Trust, and Lews Castle College UHI , as well as Cala Hotels, Outer Hebrides Tourism, and VisitScotland.