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Vision Mechanics’ spectacular STORM comes to Fringe By The Sea this August

Storm returns – a ten metre tall mythical goddess of the sea, will celebrate our coasts and waters and the need to protect them at North Berwick’s Fringe By The Sea, August 15th, 2021.

Created by Edinburgh-based visual theatre company, Vision Mechanics, and first unveiled as part of Celtic Connections 2020, Storm will once again rise from the oceans to walk on land.

Part of the Year of Coasts and Waters, Storm is folklore made real, living in the waters around Scotland and coming to land to tell the story of oceans in crisis.

Made from entirely recycled and natural resources Storm is ten metres tall and weighs around 500 kilos. Her eyes are the colour of oyster shells, her hair thick strands of kelp, her voice the chorus of the waves. She is accompanied wherever she travels by a beautiful soundscape created by the pioneering Scottish folk singer Mairi Campbell.

Aided by eight puppeteers, Storm – Scotland’s largest puppet – will gaze down at the beauty of the North Berwick coastline, urging care for the environment every step of the way in this free, outdoor theatrical event.

Vision Mechanics Artistic Director, Symon Macintyre said: “After meeting thousands of friends at her debut in Glasgow at the start of 2020, Storm has been lying in wait to return to Scottish shores and continue to share her message of care for our environment, our oceans and our coastlines. Storm brings communities together, something we have all been missing, and we’re delighted to be able to continue her journey on the beautiful beaches of North Berwick with Fringe By The Sea.”

Storm is the latest production from Edinburgh based visual theatre makers Vision Mechanics. Previously they toured the giant puppet Big Man Walking across Scotland, transformed Drummohr House into the world of Oz, and installed Giants in the Forest across the UK. Their work invites people to celebrate and participate in creating memorable and interactive productions on huge

scales. Storm is their most ambitious, challenging, and politically resonant project yet. She will rise again in towns and villages around Scotland in Autumn 2021. Plans for her tour will be announced in summer.

Fringe By The Sea will run from 6-15 August with a line up of over 150 events which will see live

audiences being entertained in Covid-secure environments. Tickets are already selling well for acts that have been announced including Basement Jaxx, Huey Morgan, Peat & Diesel, Irvine Welsh, Janey Godley and Gail Porter.

Rory Steel, Director of Fringe By The Sea says “ We are super excited to have Storm appearing on the last day of our festival and be part of her ‘resurrection’ as she spreads her story around Scotland. She can expect a very special North Berwick welcome”.

More information about the best way to see STORM will be made available at and on social media channels nearer the time. Tickets for events can also be booked at this website.

Fringe By The Sea

15 August 2021

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For all STORM media enquiries please contact:

Emma Costello

or 0795 028 7075

Emma Ainley-Walker

or 07944 677 997

For Fringe By The Sea media enquiries please contact

Fiona Duff

or 07710 419762

Notes to editors

Vision Mechanics

Vision Mechanics, previously known as Puppet Lab was co-founded in 1995 by Symon Macintyre and Kim Bergsagel. The company’s work concentrates on participatory arts projects which engage people with their surroundings and communities and experimental cross-artform productions. Their work has been shown in Norway, India and every corner of Scotland. Large-scale projects include Quest for Oz, Dragon Quest, Drift, Giants in the Forest and Big Man Walking. Recent commissions include from National Museum of Scotland, Scottish Opera, Visible Fictions and Julia Donaldson.