Translunar Paradise



We were delighted to present Translunar Paradise at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol 4-8 July, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at Pleasance 2-28 August, and ay Bunker Theatre London as part of InMotion Festival 31 Aug-2 Sept. Next stop – China! – at the Guangzhou Dramatic Arts Centre in Guangzhou 19-23 Nov 2017.

About Translunar Paradise

Experience a journey of life, death, and enduring love. After his wife passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy and past memories, a place far from the reality of his grief. Returning from beyond the grave, Rose revisits her widowed companion to perform one last act of love: to help him let go.

Using a live accordion accompaniment, this exquisite piece of mask and movement theatre was a multi-award winning, critically acclaimed sellout at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011. Theatre Ad Infinitum is an award-winning international ensemble based in London, developing new and original theatre for a multi-cultural audience.


How it all started…

Following a 20min work-in-progress presentation at BE Festival in Birmingham UK in July 2010, Translunar Paradise was given the 1st Prize Development Award and subsequently received generous support from The Lowry Salford Quays, Midlands Arts Centre Birmingham, Redbridge Drama Centre London and The Ustinov, Bath in the UK. The creation of a full-length piece and the first autumn 2011 tour of Translunar Paradise was supported by Arts Council England.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe World Premiere

We premiered Translunar Paradise at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and experienced an overwhelming response from audiences and professionals alike receiving three awards and three award nominations, selling out our run at The Pleasance Dome, and picking up four & five star reviews across the board.

Following this success the show went on to win a total of nine awards internationally and has toured extensively in the UK in Sept-Oct 2011, Jan-Feb 2012, and Oct-Nov 2013. We were thrilled to sell out a week long run at the 2012 London International Mime Festival at Barbican, a week at the Bristol Old Vic and many nights in venues across the UK. The piece returned to the Edinburgh Festival in 2012 and sold out for a second consecutive year. 

Translunar has also enjoyed extensive international touring in Bogota at the Ibero-American Theatre Festival, Colombia and going on to tour in Brazil for three months with Galharufas Producoes, in Italy, Norway, Israel, Greece, Croatia, Ireland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium and the USA.



The Wijkjury First Prize Award, The Netherlands 2014 | Argus Angel Award 2012 (Brighton Fringe) | Liverpool Daily Post ‘Best Fringe Show of 2011’ | The Fringe Review ‘Outstanding Theatre Award’ 2011 | The Observer ‘Iron Man’ Award for Kim Heron | Brave New World Award & Audience Award at the Sarajevo MESS Theatre Festival, Bosnia & Herzegovina 2011 | 1st Prize BE Festival Development Award 2010 | Best Theatre Direction Award at ACT Festival Bilbao, Spain 2011

Award Nominations

The Stage Award for ‘Best Ensemble’ 2011 | Total Theatre Award for Visual/Physical Devised Theatre | Brighton Fringe ‘Best of Edinburgh Award’


Observer:“Translunar Paradise so moved me (and plenty of others in the oft-sniffling audience) because of its uniquely devastating method, prompting thoughts about bereavement using only gesture, never cheapening its subject by attempting to describe the indescribable” –Tom Lamont. Read the full roundup here

The Times * * * *: “An admirable, infinitely gentle and wordless story of loss and remembrance” -Donald Hutera. Read the full review here, but please note The Times is an online subscription newspaper, if you don’t subscribe you will be asked to pay

The Stage ‘MUST-SEE!’ Show: “I really cannot recommend this highly enough – it is not just one of the best shows I have seen at this year’s fringe, but any fringe.” -Alistair Smith. Read the full review here

5 Star Reviews: The Scotsman | What’s On | Fest Magazine | British Theatre Guide | Fringe Review | Edinburgh | Fringe Guru

4 Star Reviews: The Times | The List | Exeunt Magazine | Edinburgh Festivals Magazine | Three Weeks

And Lyn Gardner gave us a lovely review in The Guardian“Extraordinarily poignant… So beautifully performed by George Mann and Deborah Pugh that it packs a real emotional punch”

For a full list of reviews and awards for Translunar Paradise and other Theatre Ad Infinitum productions please visit our awards & reviews page.


Production Credits

Directed and Written by George Mann | Originally Co-Devised by Kim Heron, George Mann & Deborah Pugh | Performed by Kim Heron, George Mann (2011-2013)/Michael Sharman (Autumn 2013 and onwards) & Deborah Pugh | Music by Kim Heron & George Mann | Producer & Associate Director Nir Paldi | Dramaturgy by Amy Nostbakken and Nir Paldi

Lighting Design by Peter Harrison | Costume by Clare Amos | Set Design by Francesco Gorni | Photos by Alex Brenner | Masks by Victoria Beaton | Publicity Design by Helen Stewart | Press/PR by RM Comms, Rachel Shimell and Miranda Johnson | Voice Coaching by Tess Dignan | Feldenkrais/Movement Input by Richard Cave

Developed with…

Translunar Paradise was developed with  BE Festival, Birmingham; The Lowry, Salford Quays; Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Birmingham; Redbridge Drama Centre, London; The Ustinov Studio Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath. Supported by Arts Council EnglandRose Bruford College, Sidcup; Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh and PULSE Festival & New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.

Touring History


A E Harris, BE Festival, Birmingham | 5th July | 7.30pm Scratch Event work in progress


The Ustinov, Theatre Royal Bath | 14th Jan | 8pm work in progress

PULSE Festival, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich | 31st May | 7.30pm work in progress

Main Theatre, ACT Festival, Bilbao, Spain | 5th June | 9pm work in progress

Midlands Arts Centre, BE Festival Opening, Birmingham | 4-5th July | 8pm | Completed First Draft Showing

Pleasance King Dome, Edinburgh Festival Fringe | 3-29th Aug | 4.40pm | World Premiere

The Lowry, Salford Quays | 8-10th Sept | 8pm (Including a 3pm matinee on the 10th)

Hull Truck, Hull – 21/22nd Sept | 8pm

The Carriageworks, Leeds 23rd Sept | 7.45pm

The Unity, Liverpool – 27th Sept | 8pm

Redbridge Drama Centre, Greater London, South Woodford Tube, Zone 4 – 28/29th Sept | 8pm (including a matinee on the 29th) |

Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sarajevo Future MESS Festival – 6th Oct | Midnight

Rose Theatre, Edgehill University, Ormskirk – 11th Oct | 7.30pm

Finland, Helsinki Masque Festival – 22nd Oct | 7pm


The Pit, Barbican as part of the 2012 London International Mime Festival 
| 17 – 21 Jan | 8pm

Tolmen Arts Centre, Constantine, Cornwall 
| 28 Jan | 8pm

Canolfan y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales 
| 31 Jan | 8pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead 
| 1 Feb | 7.30pm

South Hill Park, Bracknell 
| 3 Feb | 8pm

Richard Whiteley Theatre, North Yorkshire 
| 4 Feb | 7.30pm

Bristol Old Vic Studio, Bristol 
| 7-11 Feb | 8pm

Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln 
| 14 Feb | 7.30pm

Barbican Theatre, Plymouth 
| 17 Feb | 8pm

Assembly Rooms, Presteigne | 18 Feb | 8pm

Bogota, Colombia, Ibero-American Theatre Festival | 4-8 April

Athens, Greece, BOB Theatre Festival | 2 May | 9pm

Cheltenham, UK, Parabola Arts Centre | 4 May | 7.30pm

Cardiff, Wales, UK, Canoflan Mileniwm Cymru / Wales Millenium Centre | 5 May | 8pm

Taunton, UK, The Brewhouse | 8 May | 7.45pm

Oxford, UK, The North Wall Arts Centre | 10-11 May | 8pm

Milan, Italy, Teatro Comunale di Limbiate | 12 May | 9pm

Brighton Festival Fringe, UK, The Warren | 15th May @ 8pm, & 16th May @6pm & 8pm

Nottingham, UK, Lakeside Arts Centre | 17 May | 8pm

Lancaster, UK, The Dukes Theatre | 19 May | 7.30pm |

Ireland, Bealtaine Festival, venue details bulleted below, tickets on sale soon | 20-26 May

Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo | 21 May

Pavilion Theatre, Dun Loghaire, County Dublin | 22 May

White Memorial Theatre, Clonmel, County Tipperary | 23 May

Cork Opera House, County Cork | 24 May

Riverbank Theatre, Newbridge, County Kildare | 25 May

G B Shaw Theatre, Carlow Town, County Carlow | 26 May

Lillehammer, Norway, 2012 Lillehammer Literature Festival | 30-31 May | Various Times

Jerusalem, Israel, 2012 Israel International Theatre Festival | 4-5 June | 9pm

Salford Quays, Manchester, UK, The Lowry | 8-9 June | 8pm

Londrina, Brazil, FILO Festival | 14-17 June | 8pm

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, FIT-BH Festival | 20-23 June | Various times

Sao Paulo, Brazil, Teatro Commune | 24 June | 9pm

Newbury, UK, The Corn Exchange | 4th July | 7.45pm

Blackwood, Wales, UK, Blackwood Miners Institute | 6th July | 8pm

Suffolk, UK, Latitude Festival| 13 July | 12.30pm

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Pleasance King Dome | 1-27 August (exc. 14 & 21) | 5.25pm

Zagreb, Croatia, Teatar EXIT Festival Outdoors | 30-31 August | 8pm

Eindhoven, Holland, Park Theater | 7 Sept | 8pm

Fredrikstad & Moss, Norway, St Crois Huset & NON-STOP Festival | 19-22 Sept | Various times

Tonbridge, UK, EM Forster Theatre | 25 Sept | 7.30pm

London, South Woodford, Redbridge Drama Centre | 26-27 Sept | 8pm (& 2pm matinee on the 27th)



RIO DE JANEIRO 14 Feb – 9 March | Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil – Rio de Janeiro Rua Primeiro de Março, 66 – Centro – 20010-000 / Rio de Janeiro (RJ)

SÃO PAULO 14 March – 7 April | Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil – São Paulo Rua Álvares Penteado, 112 – Centro CEP: 01012-000 | São Paulo (SP)

BRASÍLIA 11 April – 5 May | Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil – Brasília SCES, Trecho 02, lote 22 – 70200-002 / Brasília (DF)


1st Oct | CAST, Doncaster @7.30pm

2nd Oct | Civic Barnsley, Barnsley, Assembly Room @7.30pm

3rd Oct | The Core, Corby @7.30pm

5th Oct | Derby Theatre, Derby @2.00pm & @8pm

14th Oct | Rose Theatre, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk @7.30pm

17th Oct | The Citadel, St. Helens, Merseyside @7.30pm

18/19th Oct | Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – Part of Luminate Festival @7.30pm

20th Oct | Eden Court, Inverness – Part of Luminate Festival @7.30pm

22nd Oct | The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen – Part of Luminate Festival and Dance Live @7.30pm

23rd Oct | The Beacon, Greenoch – Part of Luminate Festival @7.00pm

25th Oct | Unity Theatre, Liverpool @8.00pm

13th Nov | The HUB, Leeds @7.30pm

14th Nov | Redbridge Drama Centre, South Woodford, Greater London @8.00pm

15th Nov | Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells @7.30pm

16th Nov | Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury @2.00pm & @8.00pm


23-25 Jan | Pardo Theatre, BYU, Provo, Utah, USA @7.20pm & 1.00pm

28-29 Mar | StDH Theatre, Swedish Academy of Dramatic Arts, Stockholm, Sweden @7.00pm

31 Mar – 13 April | DG Theatre Productions Tour in The Netherlands and Belgium at various venues and times


4-8 July | Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol UK

2-28 AugEdinburgh Festival Fringe, Pleasance Forth (Courtyard), Scotland UK

31 Aug-2 Sept | Bunker Theatre as part of InMotion Festival, London UK

19-23 Nov | Guangzhou Dramatic Arts Centre, Guangzhou, China

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