Eddie and the Slumber Sisters takes audiences into a young girl's dreamworld

Eddie and the Slumber Sisters: immersive theatre which takes children and families to the heart of a young girl's dreamworld

Christopher Bowen

Catherine Wheels' new show uses dreams, music and song as a way of looking at how children process grief

After being cut and then reinstated during Creative Scotland's recent round of funding, Catherine Wheels theatre company knows a thing or two about dreams. But while their's may have come true, for the young girl in the company's new show, Eddie and the Slumber Sisters, dreams are a way of processing grief after the loss of her beloved gran.

'In her everyday life Eddie is sort of coping,' explains director Gill Robertson. 'Her mum and dad are a bit distant, because they're busy working – and of course her mum has just lost her own mum – so Eddie just puts her head down and carries on. But her dreams are difficult, chaotic and traumatic; all the pain and grief she's feeling comes out in them.'

For this piece of immersive theatre, which takes children and families right to the heart of the action, Catherine Wheels has once again teamed up with the National Theatre of Scotland, who previously partnered with them on hit shows Something Wicked This Way Comes and Martha.

Entering 'Slumber HQ', the audience will sit in and around Eddie's bedroom / an aircraft control room, where the Slumber Sisters (a 1940s-style singing trio that specialises in keeping children's dreams healthy and safe) do their business. 'The Slumber Sisters are mythical beings who have been around since the beginning of time,' explains Robertson. 'And because it's a completely made-up world, they can sing what they like. So they sing versions of Beyoncé songs as well as doing old Andrews Sisters numbers like 'Accentuate the Positive'. We've got some really fantastic singers in the show; that was a big part of the casting.'

Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, Fri 27, Sat 28 & Mon 30 Apr then touring.

Eddie and the Slumber Sisters

An interactive show that with warm-heart, songs and humour, explores grieving through the eyes of a child. Recommended for ages 8+.

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