The Buta Festival for Azerbaijani Arts comes to TESTBED1

As part of the Buta Festival for Azerbaijani Arts, Aloff Theatre presents the world premiere of ‘Telescope’, taking place in TESTBED1 25 Feb – 7 March.

Buta Festival of Azerbaijani Arts

Caught between life and death, relearning everything he thought he knew, the hero of Elchin’s comedy ‘Telescope’ is a classic everyman. But as he sees the human world he has left behind from a new perspective, how will he cope with the surprises in store from the people he thought he knew best of all?

Aloff Theatre brings ‘Telescope’ to a London audience for the first time in an immersive adaptation that gets to the heart of a story that challenges our conceptions of what we believe and what we know about our lives.

In this evocative site-specific production, a man hovers halfway to heaven after dying and finds himself at a Way Station to Heaven administered by angel bureaucrats and filled with other souls patiently awaiting their ultimate journey onwards. Guided through the system by the soul of an old flame, the man gets an unusual perspective of the family and friends he left behind on Earth, giving him a bird’s eye view of what they really think of him – and in the process he discovers more than a few truths about himself.”


Chris Simmons, Tanya Franks, Joe Eyre, Sergio Covino, Anna Darvas, Paul Brennan, Rachel Esposti, Amanda Reed, Elliott Bornemann, Felicity Jolly and Hannah Genesius.

Creative team

Written by Elchin
Directed by 
Matthew Gould
Casting by Benjamin Newsome
Lighting Design by Joshua Sung
Set Design by Faye Bradley
Costume Design by Jean Gray
Produced by Sanan Aliyev for Aloff Theatre.

Dates: 25 Feb – 7 March 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £15 General / £12 Concession
Book tickets here
Running Time: 90 mins, no interval

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