9 & 10 August 2010 Forest Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Second collaboration with composer John De Simone and Ensemble Thing.
There are many creatures in this world, and I am one trillion of them.
Two Trillion was created for the Forest Fringe festival in August 2010 as a development of 2009’s piece, Trillions. We hope to re-stage this for Glasgow audiences and it is part of our larger long-term project Old Abe.
Performed by Eilidh MacAskill, Sam Phillips, Thom Scullion and Jodie Wilkinson.
Additional performances by Becki Gerard, Calum MacAskill and Shona Mackay.
Directed by Robert Walton.
Music Composed by John De Simone.
Music performed by Ensemble Thing
Helena Flint, Viola
Ross McCrae, Trombone
Ed Lucas, Double Bass
Sebastian Thirlway, Keyboard
Jay Capperauld, Saxophone
Shona MacKay, Voice
John De Simone, Tuba
“Then it was the turn of Glasgow group Fish & Game, with a brand new piece called Two Trillion, mad as snakes and at least as fascinating. Put together by Eilidh Macaskill and Jodie Wilkinson, with co-performer Sam Phillips and a seven-piece RSAMD brass and string ensemble called Ensemble Thing, Two Trillion seems to be about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on one hand, and the idea of moral responsibility on the other; if two human beings are just two clusters of a trillion cells each, how can they be answerable for their crimes? I don’t know whether this is a clever joke about evolutionary biology legitimising bad behaviour; I do know that the moment when the band arrives, and the show opens out into a kind of sonorous, mourning lyricism, is quite electrifying, and that it ends with the boldest aria I’ve heard in a while, as Macaskill sings her way through a thundering version of Lincoln’s Funeral Ode.” Joyce Mcmillan, The Scotsman, 14 August 2010