Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation

National Theatre of Scotland production in association with the Royal Court Theatre, Teatro do Bairro Alto, Lisbon and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA), Co-commissioned with Royal Court Theatre


The National Theatre of Scotland doesn’t have its own building, but instead brings theatre to venues ranging from the biggest stages to the smallest community halls. As Scotland’s national theatre, it showcases Scottish culture at home and around the world. Its past Edinburgh Fringe hit shows include Black Watch and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.

Tim Crouch has established a reputation as one of the UK’s most progressive and thought provoking writer/performers, and has toured extensively in the UK and internationally. His work rejects theatrical conventions and makes the most of the live encounter with its audience. He recently created his first TV series for the BBC, Don’t Forget the Driver, starring co-writer Toby Jones.

Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation features three performers, including Crouch. It explores the story of a man who manipulates a group of people to believe in something that isn’t true. Audience and actors turn the pages of the play script together, reading and observing illustrations, as the action unfolds. At times, audience members are invited to read aloud. Exploring manipulation and the nature of truth in an age of political misdirection, this promises to be a thrilling and intense theatrical experience.

Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation premieres in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

In the press

"One of the smartest artists making theatre in Britain now" Kulturflash (on Tim Crouch)

"Tim Crouch is a peach of a theatre maker: conceptual without being obscure; experimental without losing the plot, or indeed faith in the power of words to move you" Time Out

"One of British drama's great innovators" The Independent

Production details

  • Writer

    Tim Crouch
  • Director

    Andy Smith and Karl James
  • Designer

    Designer and Illustrator: Rachana Jadhav
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight

    Excess baggage
  • Touring Availability

    2020 and 2021
  • Scale of venue

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

    8m x 8m
  • Text-based

    Dense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
  • Also contains:


In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Festival Theatre Studio, 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BL
  • Production dates

    7–25 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    75 MINS
  • Audience capacity



  • Email
  • Contact for touring

    Brenna Hobson and Eileen O'Reilly

  • Contact at showcase

    Brenna Hobson,

    Eileen O'Reilly,


Workshops/ lectures/ residencies can be negotiated

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