Anything That Gives Off Light



Every light casts a shadow, every fire ends in dust.

In a pub at the end of the road, an American woman drinks alone, trying to forget the home she left behind in West Virginia.

Two old Scottish friends, one of whom left for London long ago, wrestle with a fresh grief and a festering sense of betrayal.

The three collide and set off on an increasingly blurry journey through the Highlands and across the seas, digging down into layers of national mythology, and bringing to the surface memories of migrations forced and chosen.

Anything That Gives Off Light features a throbbing score by award-winning duo The Bengsons that mixes the Scottish-American folk tradition with stomping punk and the TEAM’s trademark athletic performance style.

Written by Jessica Almasy, Davey Anderson, Fraser Ayres, Rachel Chavkin, Brian Ferguson, Sandy Grierson

Directed by Rachel Chavkin, Associate Director Davey Anderson

Music and Lyrics by The Bengsons

Created in collaboration with Matt Hubbs, Nick Vaughan, Brian Hastert and Libby King


The TEAM, National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival co-production.

Running Time:

110 minutes

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