Touching the Void
Based on the memoir by Joe Simpson
Adapted by David Greig
Directed by Tom Morris
Our next premiere involving the Wellcome Trust will be Touching The Void - a new adaptation of Joe Simpson's infamous memoir written by David Greig and directed by Tom Morris. The book charts his struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. At the heart of the story is Joe Simpson's mental battle as he teeters on the very brink of death and despair in a crevasse from which he can't possibly climb to safety. During the R&D for this project David Greig has been working with two academics.
Magda Osman is a Reader in Experimental psychology at QMUL. She brings her research into ‘understanding the underlying mechanisms involved in learning, decision making, and problem solving in complex dynamic environments’ to the project and is helping David and Tom understand the psychological mechanisms that were in play during his ordeal.
Mike Tipton is Professor of Applied Physiology at University of Portsmouth in their department of Sport and Exercise Science. Mike specialises in the physiological and psychological responses to adverse environments and has been supporting David Greig in understanding how the climbers would have responded to the situation and therefore the true extent of Joe's astonishing survival.
We’re looking forward to further investigating these collaborations through public discussions and panels that will take place alongside the tour.
Touching The Void opens at Bristol Old Vic on 8 September and will tour to Royal and Derngate in Northampton and The Lyceum in Edinburgh.