Join us for a special double-bill performance of two work in progress pieces supported through the Surge Bursary Programme. Before the performance there will be an informal opportunity to meet the team from Surge and Puppet Animation Scotland in Summerhall’s Café Bar from 4.30pm. 


Sand is a highly visual work-in-progress performance which tells of the very old mythical being the Sandman, blending theatrical styles to bring his world to life though movement, object manipulation and shadow puppetry.

When the first living thing existed, I was there waiting. When the last living thing dies, my job will be finished’ – Neil Gaiman, Dream Country

Accounts of this mysterious character are ubiquitous across the globe, yet his form continually shifts – some accounts paint him as a trickster, others a demon, some as a hero and to a few he is a God, the God of Dreams and of Stories.

The Sandman puts people to sleep by sprinkling magic sand in their eyes, invoking beautiful dreams or the darkest of nightmares. The only trace of his visit is residual grit in the eyes upon waking.

Daniel Livingston is a multi-skilled theatre and film maker who has worked across the UK and internationally, in many different roles including director, designer, puppeteer, makeup artist & performer. Former collaborators include Channel 4, National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre, Vanishing Point, Cirque du Soleil and the BBC.

Originally from Romania and now based in Glasgow, Petre Dobre  an actor and director for stage and screen. He graduated with a BA in Performance (BSL/English) in 2018 and uses visual vernacular to create powerful storytelling, combining movement, facial expressions and iconic BSL signs.

Production Credits:

Director: Daniel Livingston

Performer: Petre Dobre


Between Earth and Moon 

Noah Tomson presents Between Earth and Moon, a new cross-continental performance inspired by the work of Italo Calvino.

The moon is very far away, and so are we…

Ayla and Teo went to the moon together, but Ayla came back alone. When the moon is full, Ayla watches to catch a glimpse of Teo. Captivated and tormented by the sight of her beloved, so far away, out of reach, she must use what means are within her power to grasp the threads of the relationship and bring it back to Earth. Longing turns to frustration and confusion as Ayla tries to connect with Teo. Their relationship comes in and out of focus, sometimes magical, sometimes impossible.

This work is a Scottish-Argentinian collaboration, inspired by Calvino’s surrealist story Distance of the Moon, which is a set in an imaginary past where the moon came close enough to earth each month for people to climb onto it. Between Earth and Moon is a storytelling piece exploring loneliness, nostalgia, connection and human relationships. This intimate piece will be performed simultaneously in Argentina and Scotland and will be live streamed to connect the performers across two continents.

Production Credits:

Performer/Creator: Noah Tomson

Performer: Rober Gonzalez

Digital Artist: Lucas Kao

Music: Valentin Larroy and Farhad Ahmed

Movement Direction: Suzi Cunningham

Assistant Direction: Saskia Longaretti and Alice Langley

Supported by the SURGE Bursary Programme.

Before the performance join us in Summerhall Café Bar to meet the team from Surge and PAS from 4.30pm.

This double bill production was originally scheduled in 2022 and had to be postponed due to Omicron.