A Robinson Crusoe of the Soul

‘A Robinson Crusoe of the Soul’

blithely chaotic music theatre

‘A Robinson Crusoe of the Soul’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2018.

Some audience reviews (from the Fringe website):

‘A beautiful and gently captivating one-man show. It uses layers of live sound and storytelling to tell of the life and inspiration of the author Machen.’

(Paul Fricker)

‘Passionate, magical, beautiful, intimate and quite astounding. I’m very glad I didn’t miss this gem of theatrical, musical, crazy genius. A wonder indeed.’

(Sally MacLean)

‘A beautifully realised and moving account of the life, creative processes and philosophy of the great Welsh mystic and writer. A must see (and hear) for those interested in the pastoral origins of Britain’s weird tales.’

(Paul Johnston)

Horror writer Arthur Machen journeys from rural Wales to the suburbs of late Victorian London, reflecting on the intangibility of time. Meanwhile a lecture on the history of Arthur’s homeland, beginning the with the formation of the Earth, begins to unravel.

Arthur reflects on the Roman settlement hidden beneath the soil of his tiny Welsh village and wonders what mysteries lie below the empire’s great capital. Narrative and diverse sound sources illustrate Arthur’s quest to cross the borders of time and space and find hidden realities beyond the veil of the everyday world.

The performance uses loops of sound created live, samples and an assortement of antique instruments. The text is derived from works by Arthur Machen including ‘The London Adventure’ ‘Far Off Things’ and ‘The Hill of Dreams’.


Edinburgh Fringe

Where: Novotel 2,Lauriston Place, Edinburgh.

When: 1.45pm on August 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th 2018.