Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone

Greyscale Theatre Company


Newcastle-based Greyscale is an ensemble of established directors, writers, actors and designers interested in exploring the fringes and gaps between the ways they work. Employing a unique development process that shares responsibility for style, form, character and narrative across the creative team, they aim to make carefully structured, powerfully live, political and anarchic theatre for a modern audience that is bored of being bored.

Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone investigates what happens when we discover that our parents are flawed human beings; and that at some point, sooner than we think, they are suddenly going to disappear from our lives. With the show revolving - quite literally – around some beautifully observed, repeated dialogue about a mother and daughter’s banal everyday concerns, two male actors play out these roles while a real-life mother and daughter, drawn from the local community, sit in on the performance as guests and ever-present witnesses. Stripped down to basics, this deceptively simple production illustrates the tensions of family life with elegance, intimacy and an emotional truth.


In the press

“It feels less like a traditional theatrical suspension of disbelief and more as if some kind of transference is taking place” ★ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“It’s a very pure form of theatre – intimate, pared down and emotionally true” ★★★★ Natasha Tripney, The Stage

Production details

  • Writer

    Selma Dimitrijevic
  • Director

    Selma Dimitrijevic
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight

    Excess baggage
  • Touring Availability

    From September 2015
  • Scale of venue

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

    4m x 6m
  • Text-based

    Dense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Cairns Lecture Theatre, Summerhall
  • Production dates

    17 – 29 AUGUST (not 23 AUGUST)
  • Production times

    2005 – 2100
  • Duration

    55 MINS
  • Audience capacity



  • Address

    Bamburgh House, Market Street
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 6JN
  • Email

  • Contact for touring

    Selma Dimitrijevic
    +44 (0)7982 719436


The Greyscale ensemble are happy to offer workshops in any of their fields of expertise. These are some examples of workshops they have offered in the past but they can also tailor the workshop to the group.

Collaborative Commissioning:
A workshop for writers, directors, designers and actors on how to introduce other creatives into the writing process at an early stage. Suitable for students and professionals. Min four hours, Max 2 Days. 18+

Building to Interaction:
Practical workshop on interaction between the stage and the auditorium. Using Greyscale and contemporary British work this workshop explores how an audience can be activated and cast within a production. Suitable for students and professionals 18+

Developing New Writing:
Practical Workshop on techniques and process of developing new plays. Focussed on the role of the director and the actor. Suitable for Students and Professionals min four hours max 1 day. 18+

Writing Workshop:
Playwriting workshop, led by Selma Dimitrijevic. Practical workshop on playwriting and different approaches to writing for the stage. Suitable for schools, students and professionals 14+

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