The Animals and Children Took to the Streets



Founded by performance poet Suzanne Andrade and animator Paul Barritt, 1927 began life on the outskirts of the cabaret scene. The company's first show, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, was a hit in Edinburgh in 2007 and toured widely from New York to Sri Lanka. 1927 is best known for its playful mix of live performance and projected animation. With darkly comic storytelling, the company explores contemporary issues inspired by the macabre nature of fairy stories, silent films and Edwardian illustration.

1927's second production The Animals and Children took to the Streets tells the story of Agnes Eaves and her daughter who live in Bayou Mansions, a decrepit tenement block with a sinister air. The imaginary setting emphasises the timeless nature of its themes, as the characters navigate government oppression and the paranoia of inner-city life. Visually inventive and filled with live music and song, this show doesn't rely on the English language and is suitable for a wide age range.


In the press

"A jaw-droppingly clever and gloriously subversive parable 1927 conjure a world so complete it feels as if you've fallen down a rabbit hole" The Guardian 

"A mind-blowingly beautiful piece of theatre" Time Out 

"Macabre, musically ingenius and graphically glorious. Anyone interested in the theatre should see this company now" The Observer

Production details

  • Writer

    Suzanne Andrade
  • Designer

    Paul Barritt (Animation and Design), Sarah Munro (Costume), Esme Appleton (Costume)
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    Minimal set and props transported by the company

  • Touring Availability

    From September 2011 (not available Sep-Nov 2012)
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    10m x 3.5m Minimum of 2 metres is required behind the screens for performers to navigate masking unseen. It is important the audience cannot be seen behind the screens. Front row should be no less than two metres from the edge of the stage.
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
  • Also contains:

    Live Music

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Pleasance Two, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
  • Production dates

    19 – 28 AUGUST
  • Production times

    1610 – 1720
  • Duration

    70 MINS
  • Audience capacity



  • Address

    1927 c/o BAC
    Lavender Hill
    SW11 5TN
  • Email
  • Contact for touring

    Jo Crowley

Additional productions

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea