Curriculum for Excellence Resources

An intimate and immersive performance, An-Ki deals with issues surrounding deforestation and the environmental impact humans have on the world, giving opportunities to explore aspects of Social Studies. Additionally, this can spark debate on a range of environmental issues.

Opportunities for learning and curriculum links

Social Studies
I can discuss the environmental impact of human activity and suggest ways in which we can live in a more environmentally responsible way. SOC 2-08a

Literacy (Listening and Talking)
I am developing confidence when engaging with others within and beyond my place of learning. I can communicate in a clear, expressive way and I am learning to select and organise resources independently. LIT 2-10a

Expressive Arts
I have experienced the energy and excitement of presenting/performing for audiences and being part of an audience for other people’s presentations/performances.  EXA 1-01a / EXA 2-01a / EXA 3-01b

Class Stage
Curriculum Links
Expressive Arts
Literacy and English
Social Studies
Duration: 60 min
Seating: Promenade performance: audiences will be walking, sitting, kneeling and standing
1 Summerhall Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
  • Monday 27 May 9:30
  • Monday 27 May 11:30
  • Monday 27 May 14:00
  • Tuesday 28 May 9:30
  • Tuesday 28 May 11:30
  • Tuesday 28 May* 14:00
  • Wednesday 29 May 9:30
  • Wednesday 29 May 11:30
  • Wednesday 29 May 14:00
  • Thursday 30 May 9:30
  • Thursday 30 May 11:30
  • Thursday 30 May* 14:00
  • Saturday 1 June 11:00
  • Saturday 1 June 13:30
  • Saturday 1 June 15:30
  • Sunday 2 June 11:00
  • Sunday 2 June 13:30
  • Sunday 2 June* 16:00
  • *Tue 28 May at 14:00 - Delegates only
  • Thu 30 May at 14:00 - Delegates only
  • * Sun 2 June at 16:00 - Wheelchair users, their families and friends only. Book by 13 May.

** There are still spaces for wheelchair users on Sunday 2 June 16:00. Please call our box office to book. **

An-Ki is an immersive theatrical experience about the origin and destiny of humankind, set in an intimate and magical tent. It is a compelling story about greed and deforestation and the consequences it has for the environment and its inhabitants.

When the shadows of giant invaders appear in the woods outside Adja’s town, with their unending hunger for trees, the inhabitants begin to leave. In order to cope with the reality of her world, Adja uses her imagination, searching for the roots of her past and hope for the future.

Through intricate puppetry and a stunning visual design, award-wining Cia. Ortiga lead the audience on a promenade journey into the richly detailed world of one girl’s battle to save her environment.

An-Ki is one of those shows that you will never forget... It has a wonderful poetry and visual power.”

Access Information

Please note this is a promenade performance: audiences will be walking, sitting, kneeling and standing.

  • Set design: Closed tent, no wheelchair access. There is an emergency exit at the front and at the back. The inside has different rooms decorated with organic materials (wood, textile, sand, paper...) reminding of an old countryside aesthetic.
  • Performers: 3 actors and a musician technician At the beginning 1 male actor divides the audience into 3 groups, and accompanies them to enter. 2 female actresses welcome the audience inside and will guide them through the rooms. A character with a giant mask appears at one stage.
  • Lights: Very soft lighting, dark space with some poorly visible areas. Spotlights to illuminate some scenes. Smoke Machine that can obscure the view at a specific time (one room)
  • Experience: Before entering the tent, the audience is divided into 3 groups of 9 people each. At the beginning, they are all together in the main room. Then each group goes on a tour of different rooms. They meet again in the main room at the end. The atmosphere is calm and there is soft music in the background. The audience is asked to be silent, to move slowly, to advance through the space when indicated. There is soft interaction with the actors, at times. There are moments with a lot of darkness, where the audience has to walk following an actress who guides them with a flashlight.
  • Capacity: 34 (schools) - 27 (public)

Part of Spotlight on Catalonia - Supported by the Government of Catalonia.

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