Theatre (devised, physical theatre)

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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Bali tiger. Dusky seaside sparrow. Cinnamon-coloured cryptic treehunter. Psychedelic rock gecko. Fire millipede from Hell... One human. Twenty-six thousand animals. A wildly intimate, interspecies meditation on mass animal disappearance. Praise for Zugunruhe, Mechanimal’s 2018 Herald Angel Award-winning show: 'Extraordinary' (New Scientist). 'Utterly compelling solo show' **** (Herald). 'Mesmerising production' **** (Fest). Mechanimal is an award-winning theatre company creating work in the UK and internationally. Vigil is supported by Bristol Old Vic Ferment, University College London, Arts Council England, and Pound Arts.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Upper Church – 27 steps from the lower church entrance – 5 steps down, then 51 steps up from the rear car park entrance
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 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

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • 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

Rachael Caulton 104 days ago

Vigil is one of my favourite shows of this fringe.
It's the show I've had the strongest emotional response with that has purpose and is beautifully executed. See this while you can, simplistic genius. Harrowing when we need it to be.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 98 days ago

A solitary figure atop a box of bleached bones watches scrolling names across a giant screen. A Waterfall Swift, a Laugh Owl , a Crotch Bumble Bee. It’s a kind of blind date of the extinct and threatened species of the world, about 26,000 of them.Why is he doing it?...

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The Herald [paywall] (4/5 stars) 100 days ago

Psychedelic Rock Gecko. Dusky Seaside Sparrow. Fire Millipede From Hell... If these sound like fantastical creatures out of fiction, well – like thousands more species of flora and fauna – they might as well be imaginary, because they are all already extinct or seriously endangered. As their names come and...

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The List (4/5 stars) 100 days ago

Elegy for species on the brink of extinction blends earnestness with humour...

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Total Theatre 100 days ago

As we enter the large Upper Hall at Summerhall, we see a man sitting on a perspex cube in the centre of the performance space. At the rear is an enormous screen, and on the screen a succession of names in a large black font on white. Extraordinary names. Snow...

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FringeReview 101 days ago

A man sits silently on a box downstage with his back to the audience. A large screen on the huge wall behind projects names of flora and fauna. This seems simple enough, however, as time goes by, the story creeps up on you and draws you in like you never...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 102 days ago

Most people understand the consequences of climate change and mass production, but significant costs of these issues may seem distant. Vigil uses physical theatre, backed by simple and slick media, to bring attention to the staggering number of plants and animals included on the International Union of Conservation of Nature...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 103 days ago

Thousands upon thousands of animals and plants are going extinct every day. Many more are living with that threat. Communicating the urgency of this is the purpose of Vigil, a one-man show carried by the talented Tom Bailey. Vigil’s repetitive structure is cancelled out by a tight thematic focus, a...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 104 days ago

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has, for many years, produced and maintained a “Red List” of species which are either already extinct or in danger of being lost. The list currently includes some 28,000 species, not counting the thousands more likely lost before we even know that...

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