The Ties That Bind

August 3rd till 9th & 21st till 23rd 3:20pm

Tickets available soon from the Fringe box office



Paul's world as a sound engineer is changing, as early stages of dementia begin to affect his personal relationships. How can he remain connected to those who care about him?

This touching performance asks, what ultimately binds us to others? What new stories can we weave that enable us to release old friends and join new ones?

An uplifting combination of physical performance, sound and potent visuals revealing the meaning of music and people in Paul’s life. Commissioned by Edinburgh University and based on their latest research along with stories collected from people living with dementia.







Claire Webster Saaremets - Artistic Director/writer/ performer

Claire is Artistic Director of Skimstone Arts whose touring multidisciplinary theatre uses artistic interventions to collect, share and stimulate stories e.g. on public transport, in care homes, studio spaces, which she crafts  back, often with participants in same spaces and theatre/arts venues regionally, nationally and internationally.
She established Skimstone Arts in 2007 and continues to collaborate with actors, musicians and artists and is committed to exploring and understanding quality methodology and arts engagement practice with vulnerable people/places.
Professional practice reflecting 15 years work of over 50 collaborative artistic projects/commissions with more than 5000 people of all ages, regionally to internationally.
Recent training includes;  MeisnerTechnique, Frantic Assembly, Spymonkey, Ridiculusmus

Previous shows

“Strong performances and subtle, affecting writing from artistic director Claire Webster Saaremets… a poignant lifeline to normality.” The Scotsman

“The performances are quite lovely, gentle and very honest… Skimstone Arts Theatre Company have made an admirable show, conceived and presented with the utmost tenderness and understanding.” Three Weeks Edinburgh

“It is an arresting, heartfelt seventy minutes which empathises with those in the know and illuminates those yet to know; and I came away feeling I had witnesses a thoroughly memorable theatre vignette.” Chris Eldon Lee – Shropshire Events and What’s On Guide – Theatre Review


Alex Elliott - co deviser/performer

Alex is Artistic Director of Operating Theatre having previously spent 7 years with Northern Stage’s Ensemble. Alex has also worked with Quarantine, Le Styx (Marseille), Kneehigh, Traverse Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Teatre Romeu, and is currently Associate Artist with Unfolding Theatre. 


Josep Bria Garcia - co deviser/audio/visual technical manager

Josep Bria is a Newcastle based sound engineer passionate about the technical side of theatre. He works at Northern Stage where he was in charge of the sound for productions like "Get Santa!" and "Little Shop of Horrors" “Putting the Band Back Together” (Unfolding Theatre) and collaborated with Skimstone Arts on Doorbells. He formerly worked at 0@ Academy as a sound engineer.




Other productions by Skimstone Arts

Jack and Jill & The Red Postbox
Physical theatre exploring dementia, funded by Arts Council England and developed from an original play commissioned by Northumbria and Edinburgh Universities., inspired by research around Risk and Resilience. A film version of the original play is available on our website http://skimstone.org.uk

Michael’s Map
Michael’s Map, a film commission by Edinburgh University gives an intimate and heartfelt insight into the lives of people directly and indirectly affected by Dementia Subtle but encompassing - the frustration is silent but visible, yet is there hope? http://skimstone.org.uk/michaelsmapfilm/

Doorbells
A humorous and reflective show about the power of the imagination when living with loneliness, commissioned by the Elders Council, Northumbria University and funded by Arts Council England.

What people have said about Skimstone Arts

“The performances are quite lovely, gentle and very honest... Skimstone Arts Theatre Company have made an admirable show, conceived and presented with the utmost tenderness and understanding.” Three Weeks Edinburgh

“It is an arresting, heartfelt seventy minutes which empathises with those in the know and illuminates those yet to know; and I came away feeling I had witnesses a thoroughly memorable theatre vignette.” Chris Eldon Lee – Shropshire Events and What’s On Guide – Theatre Review. 



















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