roots - stories from a simpler time



1927 creates exhilarating productions that synchronise performance and live music with handcrafted animation. The company saw huge international success after its show, The Animals and Children Took To The Streets, was selected for the British Council's Edinburgh Showcase 2011. Since then, the company has won multiple awards for its dynamic and strikingly visual productions, which often have a dark, macabre undertone. 1927 has toured to 42 countries, from studio theatres to opera houses – which shows how well its work translates to different cultural environments.

Sitting in the British Library is an unassuming red book, The Aarne Index. It categorises thousands of folktales, offering a glimpse into the imaginations of pre-industrialised people. roots is a medley of these rarely told stories. Tales of tyrannical ogres, magic birds’ hearts and very, very fat cats are brought to life with 1927's signature fusion of animation and storytelling. The live score involves Peruvian prayer boxes, donkey’s jaws, violins and musical saws. 1927 hopes the work will encourage us to consider how the narratives of our forebears could help to shape the narratives of our future.

roots has its European premiere in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

In the press

"1927 are one of the most exciting and distinctive companies to have emerged in British theatre this century" Evening Standard

"It is almost impossible to impart in words the magic of a 1927 show. A thrilling combination of animation, live performance, theatre and music" The Telegraph

Production details

  • Writer

    Suzanne Andrade
  • Devisor

  • Director

    Suzanne Andrade, Co-Director: Esme Appleton, Composer: Lilian Henley
  • Designer

    Animation, Film & Design: Paul Barritt, Costume Designer: Sarah Munro
  • Number of people on stage

    4 (2 musicians)
  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight

    Excess baggage

    Details available on request

  • Touring Availability

    From mid October - 5 December 2019 and from 27 January 2020 onward
  • Scale of venue

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

    8.5m x 8.5 m (5m height)
  • Text-based

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

    Live Music

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Church Hill Theatre, Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DR
  • Production dates

    9–25 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    70 MINS (no interval)
  • Audience capacity



  • Email
  • Contact for touring

    Jo Crowley, Executive Producer


The company have lots of wraparound activities including pre- and post-show talks; page to stage process insight workshops; animation, storytelling, performance and music workshops and residencies for all ages and all levels. Bespoke and pre-prepared workshops and ancillary activities are all possible – please contact the company for more details. The company are particularly interested in animation, storytelling and creation activities towards participants creating animations that can be shared digitally, in performance spaces and exhibited (indoors and out - for e.g mapped onto buildings).

Additional productions

The Animals and Children took to the Streets available for touring upon request. Golem is potentially available for touring and the film capture commission by The Space and BBC is available for screening. Operas The Magic Flute, Petrushka and L'enfant et les sortileges are available for touring, licensing and rental through the company's commission and production partner Komische Oper Berlin