The Sensemaker

Theatre (physical theatre, solo show)

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Hilarious yet uncomfortable, The Sensemaker shows a woman battling with an answering machine. Smartly dressed, standing behind a phone, she tries to meet the impossible expectations of an artificial voice. Critical of new technologies and of bureaucracy, The Sensemaker mixes theatre, dance and even lip-syncing, and addresses, with irony, the fears and frustrations of our interconnected world. 'An episode of Black Mirror live on stage' ***** ( 'Both a dream and a nightmare... An absolute masterstroke' **** ( **** (Stage). **** (Scotsman). **** ( **** ( **** (

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Through main door and down a short corridor.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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James Gallagher 1 day ago

A fantastic one woman show which was superbly performed. It was riveting throughout. We stayed on to see another one woman show (Honey) that followed on in the same venue which was also great - together they gave us the best day of the Fringe.

Simon Parsonage 4 days ago

Wonderfully clever show that was one of the highlights of the fringe for both my wife & I. Although slow to start it develops into a tremendous piece of challenging physical theatre.
Unlike anything else I saw at the fringe, I'd highly recommend *****

Paul 13 days ago

Smart, witty, challenging, uncomfortable but ultimately a very enjoyable piece which is everything a fringe show should be. Thank you for bringing this to Edinburgh *****

Rohan Candappa 14 days ago

This a strange, funny, unsettling, and thought provoking work. It takes a mundane situation and spins into a weird mash-up of Waiting For Godot, A Charlie Chaplin movie, and that bit in 2001 A Space Odyssey where Hal the computer takes over. Physical theatre that seems to be exploring the metaphysical nature of everyday life where automated systems 'suggest' the paths we take. And the central performance in this one woman show is so light, so committed and so perfectly judged. If you want to see something that challenges as much as it entertains, then see this. It's special.

Liz Hobson 17 days ago

This is a very thought provoking piece, both funny and uncomfortable. Elsa Couvreur is fantastic as the lady stuck on the answerphone. I will never blindly accept the terms and conditions again!

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Feminist Fringe (3/5 stars) 1 day ago

Battling with an automated voice on the phone, and nothing much else. That’s the set up and premise of The Sensemaker, and it’s a very impressive feat to hold an audience for an hour with the only real dialogue coming from a pre-recorded voice. But Elsa Couvreur gives everything to her performance in order to do so, and it’s enjoyable to watch.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 1 day ago

“Hello, all of our operators are currently busy, please wait” And as a jangly version of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy puts the caller on hold, that’s what Elsa Couvreur does. She passes the intervening time by lip-s...

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Seeing Dance (4/5 stars) 4 days ago

I’m not sure how you categorise the well-paced The Sensemaker but it is a remarkable solo performance. Couvreur’s presence holds the attention well. When she looks at the audience you feel she is looking at you, ‘speaking’ personally. It also certainly makes you think.

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ThreeWeeks (3/5 stars) 8 days ago

A woman battles with an answering machine, taking on technology and bureaucracy by completing myriad ridiculous tasks in an entertaining show that walked a line between funny and disturbing. Despite its promise, however, I felt there were problems with the pacing of the performance, which makes sense when taking into...

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Everything Theatre (4/5 stars) 10 days ago

The Sensemaker is a dystopic portrayal of the arbitrary nature of bureaucracy, a sobering criticism of our blind trust in automated devices. Elsa Couvreur is an insightful artist, who demonstrates utmost dedication to her work.

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Everything Theatre (4/5 stars) 10 days ago

Human and machine collide in this surrealistic one-hander devised and performed by Elsa Couvreur. A dystopic portrayal of the arbitrary nature of bureaucracy and our blind trust in automated devices.

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