With their small inheritance stitched into their clothes, two children set off on an epic journey across Europe—orphaned brothers on a desperate odyssey to freedom and safety. Wearing headphones and viewing a handcrafted diorama from a personal booth, audience members are plunged into the brothers’ story of hope and survival, playing out in breathtaking, intimate miniature. Flight is an immersive installation created by Scottish innovators Vox Motus and designed by Jamie Harrison (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child magic effects and illusions designer). An invitation to bear witness to the personal stories of two of the 300,000 displaced children who make unaccompanied journeys every year.
There are no live actors in this production. Audience members will arrive at staggered times and view the play from individual booths with headphones.
Vox Motus is an award-winning Glasgow-based theatre company—a theatre of storytelling visuals, transformational design, and, most importantly, thrills. The stories they produce offer audiences opportunities to engage in experiences that may in small (or large) ways enhance or challenge their understanding of the world.
Vox Motus is a sociable creature and for each project, collaboration with other artists—composers, writers, designers, illustrative artists, and choreographers—is at the heart of the work. Artistic Directors Jamie Harrison and Candice Edmunds conceive, direct and design Vox Motus's productions. They continue to dream up new works of increasing imagination and endeavor to take to the widest possible audience—nationally and internationally—Vox Motus's unique brand of Scottish theatre. Their work has toured the UK, Europe, US, Australia, China, and the Middle East.
Their production Flight (originally commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival) has toured to international festivals and venues across the world to wide critical acclaim. Dragon (Vox Motus/National Theatre of Scotland/Tianjin People’s Arts Theatre) toured the UK and China, winning the UK Theatre Award for Best Production for Children and Young People.
Previous works include: Slick (2013 and 2008); The Infamous Brothers Davenport (Royal Lyceum Theatre, 2011); The Not So Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo (2010), and Bright Black (2009).
(As of October 2020)
Jamie Harrison (Director) is co-artistic director of award-winning theatre company Vox Motus, for which he has co-directed and designed all of the company’s work to date. These projects include: Dragon (Vox Motus, National Theatre of Scotland, Tianjin people’s Art Theatre, China), The Infamous Brothers Davenport (Vox Motus, Royal Lyceum), The Not-So-Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo (Vox Motus, ATT Fife), Bright Black (Vox Motus, Platform), Slick (Vox Motus, Tron), and How to Steal a Diamond (Vox Motus).
In addition to Vox Motus’s creations Jamie has worked on numerous other theatre productions in various roles, including director, designer, illusion designer, and puppet designer. In 2016 he created the magic and illusion for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Sonia Friedman Productions) at the Palace Theatre, London. Jamie also designed the puppets and illusions for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the New Musical (Warner Brothers/Neal Street Productions) at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, directed by Sam Mendes.
Other recent designs include: Tomorrow (Design, Vanishing Point, Brighton Festival, Cena Contemporanea, Brazil), The Wheel (Illusion Design, National Theatre of Scotland), 1000 Paper Cranes (Illusion Design, Catherine Wheels), A Conversation with Carmel (Design, Barrowland Ballet), Peter Pan (Illusion Design, Barbican, National Theatre of Scotland), What We Know (Illusion Design, Traverse), The Last Witch (Magic Consultant, Edinburgh International festival), A Christmas Carol, The Cherry Orchard, and The Visit (Magic Consultant, Dundee Rep Ensemble), Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (Magic Consultant, National Theatre of Scotland), Frankenspine (Magic Consultant, Damfino, Bristol Old Vic), Pinocchio (Illusion Design, Royal Lyceum), The Wolves in the Walls (Magic/Illusion Consultant, National Theatre of Scotland, Improbable), Jerusalem (Magic consultant, West Yorkshire Playhouse, ) and A Brief History of Time (Magic consultant, Vanishing Point).
Jamie trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He is a trustee of Puppet Animation Scotland and a board member of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.
(As of October 2020)
Candice Edmunds is co-Artistic Director of award-winning theatre company Vox Motus, and a director and dramaturg for theatre and dance.
For Vox Motus, Candice has co-created and directed all of the company's productions. Recent successes include Flight (Vox Motus, Edinburgh International Festival, Beacon Arts Centre), Dragon (Vox Motus, National Theatre of Scotland, Tianjin Peoples’ Arts Theatre China), and The Infamous Brothers Davenport (Vox Motus, Royal Lyceum Theatre). Other credits with Vox Motus include The Not-So-Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo, Bright Black, Slick, How to Steal a Diamond, and Interference. Their productions tour internationally and been nominated for and won numerous awards, including a UK Theatre Award for Dragon and a Herald Angel for Flight.
Directing credits include Carmen (Oper Wuppertal) and her adaptation Dance of Death in association with The Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow. Candice has collaborated with Barrowland Ballet on Wolves, Whiteout, A Conversation with Carmel, and The River (for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Cultural Program).
(As of October 2020)
Oliver Emanuel has written for most of the major theatre companies in Scotland and his work has been seen across the UK, Ireland, Europe, Canada, US, and China. He is currently under commission to the Traverse Theatre, the Unicorn Theatre, and BBC Radio. In 2020 Tiger is Out, an extract from I Am Tiger, directed by Lu Kemp and starring Ava Hickey, was broadcast on BBC as part of National Theatre of Scotland's Scenes for Survival. Awards include: the Tinniswood Award (2019) for When The Pips Stop; the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Original Series or Serial (2019) and the ISNTD Festival AUDIO Award (2018) for The Truth About Hawaii; a Herald Angel as part of the Edinburgh International Festival (2017) for Flight; a BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Adaptation (2017) for Emile Zola: Blood, Sex & Money; the People’s Choice Victor Award at IPAY (2015) for Titus; Best Show For Children and Young People at the UK Theatre Awards (2014) for Dragon; and nomination for a Sony Radio Academy Award for Best Drama (2010) for Daniel And Mary. Theatre credits include: The Monstrous Heart, The 306:Dawn, The 306:Day, The 306: Dusk, The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish, Flit (National Theatre of Scotland); Flight (Vox Motus); The Adventures Of Robin Hood, John, Ship Of Shadows (Visible Fictions); The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot, Titus (Macrobert); Dragon (National Theatre of Scotland/Tianjin People's Arts Theatre, China); End Of The World (Red Note Ensemble); Random Objects Flying Through The Air (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Spirit Of Adventure, One Night In Iran, Videotape (Oran Mor); Henry And Ingrid (Tron Theatre); Magpie Park (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Man Across The Way, Bella & The Beautiful Knight, Iz (Silver Tongue Theatre). Radio projects include Lanny (adapted from the novel by Max Porter), The Tenderness of Boys, When The Pips Stop, The Truth About Hawaii, Transformations, Emile Zola (Series 1-3); Blood, Take Me To Necropolis, Albion Street, The Spare Room, The Other One, 13 Minutes In Cairo, Ancient Greek, Songbirds, Everything, The Vanishing, Elvis In Prestwick (BBC Radio 4); One Night In Iran (BBC Radio 3); Daniel And Mary (BBC Radio Scotland).
(As of October 2020)
Caroline Brothers is a writer who is interested in how individuals cope in the aftermath of violence, after the world’s attention has moved on. Her award-winning first novel, Hinterland (Bloomsbury), dramatized by Vox Motus as Flight, grew out of her reporting into lone foreign children adrift across Europe; it was described by critics as "stark and unsentimental," "visceral and moving." Her second novel, The Memory Stones, explores the search for the stolen children of the disappeared in Argentina through the experience of an exiled grandfather. Brothers spent many years working as a correspondent in Europe and Latin America for Reuters and the on the international Desk for The New York Times, reporting from London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Belfast, and Paris, and from various locations in Mexico and Central America. She is the author of a nonfiction book, War and Photography, based on her doctoral research into the Spanish Civil War. Born in Australia, she is still striving to rein in her nomadic existence, and now divides her time between Paris and London.
(As of October 2020)