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Live Drafts: Massive Owl

3 July, 7.30pm


A distortion of the novel: The Beach

Yellow smoke lifts on a trash-drenched bay.
A traveller discovers paradise closed down – guarded by a shark.

Eden is a retelling of Alex Garland’s novel. It might also be a retelling of its film adaptation of the same name. Massive Owl want to expose the fiction and the truth in Garland’s popular novel. This will be the second edition in the company’s Distortion Trilogy – a series of experimental adaptations. The Owls bring you a piece about Generation X, adaptations and a ruined nirvana.

This is Eden.

This performance contains smoke

Supported by York Theatre Royal, Bristol Old Vic and Interval


  • Jenny Duffy
  • Sam Powell
  • Danny Prosser
  • Andrew Cunningham - Visuals
  • Paul Samuel White - Photography
About Massive Owl

Massive Owl are a collaborative theatre company based in Bristol.

They are currently making work about the relationship between film and theatre, popular culture and the process of adaptation.

Massive Owl have made and toured work nationally and internationally, most notably at the Barbican Centre (London), HOME (Manchester), Project Arts Centre (Dublin), OUTNOW Festival (Germany), The Lowry (Salford),  Mayfest (Bristol) and ACT Festival (Spain). They are associate members of artist-led collective, Interval.


‘The performance work they create sits somewhere between physical theatre and live art, with their ability to ‘story-tell’ through the most minimal of means making their work both complex and accessible.”

– Kate Craddock, Festival Director, Gateshead International Festival of Theatre (GIFT).