Suppose you Had a Portable Gramophone
Teatret Gruppe 38, Teatret Møllen, teater2tusind and Carte Blanche
8-13 yrs

Curriculum for Excellence Resources

With its focus on friendship and human connection, this performance is a great opportunity for further learning in curriculum areas such as RME, and Health and Wellbeing.

Opportunities for learning and curriculum links

I can show my understanding of values such as caring, sharing, fairness, equality and love. RME 2-09b

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

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

I know that friendship, caring, sharing, fairness, equality and love are important in building positive relationships. As I develop and value relationships, I care and show respect for myself and others. HWB 2-05a

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
Health and Wellbeing
Religious and Moral Education
The Lyceum Studio
Duration: 55 min incl. Q&A
Seating: Theatre seating
The Lyceum Studio
30B Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX
  • Monday 27 May 11:00
  • Monday 27 May 13:30
  • Tuesday 28 May 11:00
  • Tuesday 28 May 13:30
  • Wednesday 29 May 11:00
  • Wednesday 29 May 13:30

A magical tale created out of (almost) nothing. Three performers sitting at a table tell the story of a tiny village in the far north, where lives a small group of people wearing brown dresses and black coats. They look down mostly and sing every Sunday in church. Not too loud of course. And because they look down, they have nothing to talk about and nothing to long for.

But then there’s Viola. She keeps herself to herself; she too looks down and tries to sing very quietly in church on Sundays. She is dreaming and yearning and asks a hundred questions. But then, one day, a stranger comes to town – and the entire world is suddenly at Viola’s feet…

This show is a tribute to imagination and storytelling; a small story with a big impact. A celebration of world-renowned Danish writer Karen Blixen. Winner of the 2019 Reumert Award for Special Performance of The Year, this captivating production is a master class in intimate staging and nuanced performances.

The show tickles the imagination in a simple and breathtaking way. Using humour and wit, it accentuates the importance of friendship and living out your dreams.” Teateravisen

Festival Director Noel Jordan speaks about the show.

Access Information

  • Set design: On the stage is a long table with three actors seated behind it. 
  • Performers: Three actors are telling the story. The mood is calm and intimate. Maybe this happened years ago. We don't know.
  • Lights: The lights are simple. The stage is illuminated for most of the performance. In 3 scenes it will be quite dark.
  • Experience: The 3 actors are telling a story, while sitting behind the table. They are using small props of wood. At 2 moments there will be loud sounds and music.
  • Capacity: 170

Supported by the Danish Arts Foundation

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