North Berwick’s Fringe by the Sea Welcomes Giant Puppet Storm This August

Vision Mechanics is an Edinburgh based visual theatre company founded in 1995, whose cross-artform productions concentrate on engaging people with their surroundings and communities. This August, as part of North Berwick’s Fringe by the Sea programme, the Company  brings their show Storm. 

Storm, that first opened as part of Celtic Connections 2020, was part of the year of Coasts and Waters and sees Scotland’s largest puppet, the 10 metre high Storm,  coming to the land to tell the story of oceans in crisis. The giant puppet is made entirely from recycled and natural resources and is accompanied by a soundscape created by Scottish folk singer Mairi Campbell.  Operated by eight puppeteers, Storm will step the North Berwick coastline urging care for the environment in this free event.

Vision Mechanics Artistic Director Symon Macintyre said, “After meeting thousands of friends at her debut in Glasgow at the start of 2020, Storm has been lying in wait to return to Scottish shores and continue to share her message of care for our environment, our oceans and our coastlines. Storm brings communities together, something we have all been missing, and we’re delighted to be able to continue her journey on the beautiful beaches of North Berwick with Fringe By The Sea”

Storm is the Company’s latest and most politically charged piece to date and will tour towns and villages throughout Scotland this August, with details of the tour being announced in the summer. Previously Vision Mechanics toured their other giant puppet with Big Man Walking across Scotland;  transformed Drummohr House into the world of Oz and installed Giants in the Forest across the UK.

Fringe by the Sea will run from 6th till 15th August with Storm appearing on the final day, after a line-up of over 150 events that will see live audiences being entertained in Covid-secure environments. 

Full details and booking options are available on the Fringe by the Sea website.

Irene Brown 

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