Theatre (music, science)

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  • ZOO Southside - Main House
  • 15:05
  • Aug 17
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Second Body
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Themes of dementia, Strong Language/Swearing. Alcohol is drunk onstage an offered to members of the audience.
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


An award-winning theatre-concert about memory loss, legacy and myth performed by an international supergroup of musicians. An extraordinary exploration of what it is to lose the memories that make us who we are and the stories that connect them. From ancient mythology to family legacy, what remains each time we turn to look back? Original songs, live sound-processing and personal recordings bring light to the experience of living and dying with dementia and the imprints that outlast us. Fringe World Weekly Award winner, 2019. 'A powerful, thought-provoking and deeply sensory journey into the neuroscience of memory' ***** (

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: The level access is via the rear or the builiding. There are 16 steps from the street level to the seating.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

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  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Emma Shaw 89 days ago

I enjoyed the concept, the staging, the musicianship and the look of this unusual and raw show but felt sadly let down by the sound quality. It was so hard to hear all the lyrics, especially the crucial linking narrative done in some sort of double voice effect. Such a shame as the words are crucial to the piece and broke what could have been a spell binding performance.

LTW 91 days ago

Saw them by chance playing a few tracks outside the venue and decided to see the show on Friday... Wow! Was very impressed!

The staging, lighting and atmosphere was excellent. The story about their grandma trying to remember a lost tune engaging and emotional. The songs were brilliant compositions and the voice... oh... the voice!!! What a voice!!!

My only comments for an even better experience:
1. The reverb made it difficult to hear the lyrics. Not sure if its because of the acoustics, but if the story is the backbone of the show, then the audience must be able to hear the lyrics clearly with no exceptions.

2. The parts where the cast educates the audience about neuroscience, etc, were not in tune with the overall emotional tone of the show. I feel that the show would have an even stronger appeal if it kept the emotional tone throughout.

Otherwise, I would highly recommend this show.

On a different note, we were looking to buy a CD with the soundtracks, but could not find any for sale. Hope you can post on your FB where we can get your wonderful tracks!

Alex Covell 100 days ago

Part concert, part memorial to their grandparents, part neuro-science experiment, part mythical memories and all delicate, deliberate storytelling. This thoughtful, magnetic piece follows a connected and multi-layered narrative of memory and how we hold onto things that matter. The underground jazz club atmosphere of lightbulbs in the darkness illuminates the space through each utterance. Carefully controlled and poetically insightful, the unfolding of familial history linking with the story of Orpheus unfold. I’m lucky to be in the front row and feel the closeness and intimacy of the event, as if the story is being told just to me, I would love to see this piece again as a site specific piece in a jazz club to really capture the atmosphere of The Orpheus Club.
Each song weaves through skillful melodies and thoughtful lyrics under the flickering light bulbs, we hear recorded voices and testimonies from Nana and each of the cast are authentic and genuine in the moments of memory.
Stunningly curated and full of glorious surprises and layers, this is definitely worth seeing.

Susan and Tom 102 days ago

A truly beautiful, engaging, moving piece of theatre with story, legend, neuroscience intertwined with amazing music! Can't recommend highly enough! Great venue also - with well tiered seating!

US 103 days ago

This was so surprising, I had not expected to be this emotionally involved. Please go and see, its a beautiful piece.

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

A mixture of mythology, memory and music. STYX, fresh from its award-winning run at the Perth Fringe, is gig-theatre which explores the memories of writer Max Barton’s grandmother Flora who has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s though a mixture of recordings, indie music, science of the mind, storytelling and Greek...

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Everything Theatre (5/5 stars) 96 days ago

This is a show about eternal love, cherished memories and how music, as a supernatural force, can bring back to life the people and the moments that are no longer with us. Multisensorial, fascinating, deeply moving, STYX evoked in me the same melancholy I’d have for rediscovering an old record.

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Everything Theatre (5/5 stars) 97 days ago

An emotional multisensorial journey across the dark recesses of the past. Using songs, poetry and storytelling, it pays tribute to eternal love and the power of music to keep memories alive.

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