The Fantasist's Waltz

Set in a world of misguided passions, momentary lifetimes and crumbs of desire, The Fantasist’s Waltz is a haunting modern fairy tale of an isolated man who disappears into his imagination for solace.

Created by the Company
Performed by Joe Bone, Seiriol Davies, Lizzie Wort, Edward Wren
Directed by Kyle Davies and Lizzie Wiggs
Designed by James Perkins
Lighting design by Andy Pilliner
Composed by Dominic Sales and the Company
Inspired by an original story, Mr Pemberly, by Julia Gwynne

Performance History

Venue: York Theatre Royal, Studio
Date: 17-18th February, 2012
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Venue: Hull Truck Theatre, Studio
Date: 30-31st March, 2012
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Venue: Harrogate Theatre, Studio
Date: 18-19th April, 2012
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Venue: Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
Date: 25th April, 2012
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Venue: The Carriageworks, Leeds
Date: 1st May, 2012
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Set in a world of misguided passions, momentary lifetimes and crumbs of desire, The Fantasist’s Waltz is a haunting modern fairy tale of an isolated man who disappears into his imagination for solace.

Baffled by a world in which he feels an outsider, the Fantasist has created an incredible imaginary world filled with wild balls, bouncing orchestras and saturated colour. Here he spends his nights, each and every night, dancing his worries away. His reliance upon these dreamland escapades become too great, and as his control begins to crumble his entire world crashes down upon him.

Lost and alone, he is left searching for new meaning in life. The answer, though, might just be closer than even he could imagine.

Through the veins of State of Play’s tale pulses a live original score and inventive physical storytelling bringing to life the story of a man’s fight for survival in a world that has seemingly forgotten him.

The Fantasist’s Waltz is produced in association with the York Theatre Royal and has been generously supported by the The Arts Council England.

What Critics are Saying

★★★★★ “Strikingly original in its focus on music and physicality, conveying the fascinating inner workings of a dreamers mind from the inside out. This is a must see performance and may well leave you wondering whether you’re really in control of your dreams.” – Celia Scruby, Nouse

★★★★½ “Essentially, a master class in mime, this is physical theatre at its most professional – an absolute delight to watch.” – The Public Reviews

“This is edgy, brilliant, heart-breaking theatre.” – Rose Drew, One&Other

“Potency, humour and poignancy.” – York Press

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