Songs of Lear

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‘One of the most profoundly moving theatre productions I have ever experienced.’

—The Herald, Scotland

This award-winning show from the Song of the Goat Theatre Company paints the tragic stories from King Lear in music, movement and song. The performers use folk instruments, haunting a cappella singing and flawless choreography to bring Shakespeare’s tale to life in an extraordinarily intimate and affecting way.

Based in Wroclaw, Song of the Goat Theatre Company travels the world with their polyphonic, breathtaking and visceral productions created by Grzegorz Bral.

Songs of Lear had its international premiere during Fringe Festival in Edinburgh in August 2012, where it received three prestigious awards.

Visit The Song of the Goat Theatre Company’s website here.

See the Songs of Lear show webpage here.

These performances mark the launch of ROKPA Great Britain, a branch of international relief organisation ROKPA which provides humanitarian aid in regions where it is exceptionally difficult, but desperately needed. ROKPA is currently carrying out aid projects in Nepal, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. The general president for ROKPA International is Leah Wyler. Grzegorz Bral is president of the Polish branch.

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‘Songs Of Lear… is not only the most deeply affecting show I have seen in Edinburgh this summer, it is also one of the most profoundly moving theatre productions I have ever experienced.’

The Herald

‘An impressive piece that lingers after the performers have bowed (to standing ovations) and the sweltering space has cleared, so that Songs of Lear continues to reverberate within you.’

Edinburgh Spotlight

‘This is essence of Lear, desiccated and condensed;
I was static electricity, too knock-kneed to stand… Songs of Lear is something sacred.’

Matt Trueman

‘Song Of The Goat Theatre are an extraordinary company, and masters of their craft.’

Fringe Guru

‘This is a very special piece of theatre that carried me away emotionally with the beauty of its sound. I can’t really do it justice – just go see it, hear it, feel it.’

Fringe Review

‘Songs of Lear seems to have already passed into legend’

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian



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