Wed 3rd – Mon 29th Aug 2011


“Back down that wonderful tunnel you dug! That’s the way to get to Heaven!”





Aireborne Theatre


‘Back down that wonderful tunnel you dug! That’s the way to get to Heaven!’

Ada and Martin came to the New Forest to fall in love. But with Ada's son Tom tunneling his way up from Australia and her dead mother dabbling in reincarnation, their romantic getaway isn't going as planned. Strange creatures have been seen in the undergrowth, Martin’s birdwatching has taken a dangerous turn, and deep beneath the ground the worms are planning a party.

Dirt is a brand new play by Nathan Wood, a macabre comic fable that takes you on a journey to the centre of the earth and back again. Puppets and performers join forces in a surreal landscape alive with sound, where the apparent calm of an English forest is overrun by the wild chaos of the Australian outback. Inspired by the scale and scope of Wole Soyinka’s writing and brimming with its own dark humour, Dirt is at heart a story about family, and about facing up to love, loss and the afterlife. From kangaroo sightings to cadavers, this play is a muddy new myth for anyone who’s ever thought about killing their mother.

Dirt is the latest production from Aireborne Theatre, a longstanding company of students and graduates from Leeds. Recent work includes the devised play Bad House, which was selected for the 2010 National Student Drama Festival. Aireborne has toured internationally, and last year visited Montpellier with a production of As You Like It. Earlier this year the company staged the twenty-four hour improvised play Gruesome Tales from the Queen’s Legs as a fundraiser for Cardboard Citizens. Each summer Aireborne takes two plays to Edinburgh, and this year Dirt is running in tandem with a devised production of King Arthur. The company has had consistent success at the Fringe, earning four-star reviews from The Scotsman on every visit. In 2009, The Scotsman’s David Pollock wrote ‘Remember the name Aireborne Theatre. If you spot them appearing at the Fringe in the future, be advised to go and see whatever they put on’.

Admission: £7.50(£6.50) – £9.50(£8.50)

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