In a courageous physical performance with a completely original text and score sung a cappella, Amy Nostbakken tells the story of a brilliant young artist from Toronto given the opportunity of a lifetime: a solo exhibit at London’s Tate Modern Art Gallery.

Nathalie has everything to live for: good looks, talent, a loving family, amazing scholarships and a career just waiting to take off. But just as she is rising to the heights of her potential, she begins to spiral down into the depths of depression. Through swanky gallery parties and grim pub toilets, ex-boyfriends and meddling aunts, mauled dogs and crashed cyclists, her descent into madness unfolds. The Big Smoke is a stunning experience that walks the fine line between sanity and psychosis.


Age Recommendation: 14+
Running Time: 90 mins

‘Intricate, ambitious physical theatre’

The Stage
‘Magical theatrical force’ 

What’s On Stage
‘Powerful, slick and highly physical’

The Scotsman

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The Scotsmans Best of the Fringe 2010

Photography: Ryan Garside 



The Big Smoke was co-devised and co-writen by Amy Nostbakken and Nir Paldi

Directed by Nir Paldi

Music and performance by Amy Nostbakken

Costume by Clare Amos

Lighting Design by Peter Harrison

Press and PR by RMComms

Publicity by Helen Stewart


Photography: Ryan Garside & Alex Brenner