Shō and the Demons of the Deep
by Zoe Bullock, adapted from the work by Annouchka Gravel Galouchko
8-13 yrs

Curriculum for Excellence Resources

This production is a story of resilience, intergenerational bonds, and the responsibility we all have for the world we live in. Themes of connection and environmental awareness can be further explored in Social Studies and Health and Wellbeing.

Opportunities for learning and curriculum links

Health and Wellbeing
I am aware of and able to express my feelings and am developing the ability to talk about them.HWB 1-01a / HWB 2-01a / HWB 3-01a

I understand that my feelings and reactions can change depending upon what is happening within and around me. This helps me to understand my own behaviour and the way others behave. HWB 1-04a / HWB 2-04a / HWB 3-04a

I understand that people can feel alone and can be misunderstood and left out by others. I am learning how to give appropriate support. HWB 1-08a / HWB 2-08a / HWB 3-08a

Through contributing my views, time and talents, I play a part in bringing about positive change in my school and wider community. HWB 1-13a / HWB 2-13a / HWB 3-13a 

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

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

Class Stage
Curriculum Links
Expressive Arts
Health and Wellbeing
Social Studies
Traverse 2
Duration: 70 min incl. Q&A
Seating: Theatre seating
Traverse 2
10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED
  • Monday 27 May 10:00
  • Monday 27 May 13:00
  • Tuesday 28 May 10:00
  • Tuesday 28 May 13:00
  • Wednesday 29 May 13:00
  • Wednesday 29 May* 19:00
  • Thursday 30 May 9:45
  • *BSL interpreted, Audio description & pre-show guided tour

Independent Arts Projects in association with National Theatre of Scotland.

Shō’s city has been plagued by nightmares for as long as she can remember, but hers are the worst of all. One day, Shō has had enough. She throws her nightmares away into the river, where they wash out to sea. Soon people start copying her; the city is rid of its nightmares, and everyone is delighted. But sixty years later, when the river becomes poisoned, Shō’s granddaughter Hana must face her greatest fears in order to save her home.

Shō and the Demons of the Deep by Zoë Bullock is a visual adventure story about overcoming fear, climate crisis and how the actions of one generation can affect the next. 

Access Information

  • Set: A living room with a hodgepodge of boxes (all greys/silvers) - this large set piece moves throughout the show and the other side reveals an old fashioned kitchen (in browns/oranges). There is a large wicker armchair at the front of the stage. The floor looks wet and water like with grey/green colours. 
  • Performers: 3 performers play Dreams, the storytellers and use their bodies, voices and props to tell the story. They wear bright coloured costumes. 
  • Lights: The space is dark with bright, colourful, theatrical lighting used throughout. There are moments of darkness on stage, and some very bright lighting. 
  • Sound: There are sound effects, a soundscape and instrumental music throughout. 
  • Experience: the show is mostly text based. People’s nightmares are discussed throughout and there are lots of examples in the show described out loud. There is no audience interaction. There is music and sound throughout and raised voices at a few moments. 
  • Capacity: 99
  • Space: audience is seated in a relatively small theatre space
  • A detailed visual guide is available to download here.

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