Recursion Theatre Company, in association with Pembroke Players and the University of Cambridge, presents


a new play by Emma Stirling

14-27 August (not 20), Paradise in the Vault, 6.10pm

“I dare you to go outside.” The Music Box is a darkly hypnotic exploration of a child’s imagination that combines award-winning writing, original music, choreography and artwork.

Laura is playing a game. Join her in a liberating vision of the kaleidoscope that is growing up. The boundaries of imagination are blurred as childhood and adulthood collide under the shadow of the elusive music box. While this destructive child’s play foreshadows the adult to come, outside the door a strange young man waits to come in.

This critically-acclaimed new play explores the transition from childhood to adulthood, and its reflection in the approach of death. With a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach, the finest acting talent of Cambridge University takes their audience into the claustrophobic world of a young girl’s mind.

The Music Box won the Florence Staniforth Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing, and was shortlisted for the Tab Spirit of Theatre Award. Directed by Emma Stirling and Pete Skidmore, with original artwork by artist Anna Moser and music from composer Rhodri Karim, this unique experience is not to be missed.


PRAISE for The Music Box

**** ‘Beautiful’, ‘sinister’, ‘wonderfully unnerving’, ‘you cannot help but be immersed in this world’, ‘a remarkable piece of theatre’ (Varsity)

**** ‘Enticing’, ‘rich, diverse performances’ (The Tab)


PREVIOUS PRAISE for the directors

Emma Stirling: ‘mesmerizing choreography’ ‘maintains our curiosity throughout’ ‘takes exciting theatrical risks’ (Varsity)

Pete Skidmore: ‘masterstroke of direction’, ‘finely observed’ (The Cambridge Student), ‘delightful energy’, ‘brilliantly painted characters’ (The Tab)



14 – 27 (not 20) August 6.10pm (50 mins)

Paradise in The Vault (Venue 29), 11 Merchant Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2QD

Tickets £5‐£7: 0131 510 0022 / www.paradise-green.co.uk/

Or Fringe Office: 0131 226 0000 / www.edfringe.com

PRESS enquiries and ticket requests, please contact:

Russell Fancourt (Company press contact) on 07742985466 or rgf29@cam.ac.uk

Or Paradise Green at press@paradise-green.co.uk

For more information please visit www.playthemusicbox.wordpress.com

Follow The Music Box at www.twitter.com/playthemusicbox



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