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ZENSATIONS

Edinburg Fringe Festival , UK August 2004
by anonymous Zen-Masters (AD 600 - 1200) 

adapted by Ivan Ottaviani & Nick Granby 

This is the first time tales of Zen Masters and monks have been adapted into a series of theatrical sketches. They stun the mind with their humour and wisdom of universal truths. With tricks, japes and jokes egos are deflated, the vain humbled, and the proud brought low on their road to Enlightenment.

"These 'sketches' each have a moral, a type of punchline, that have the aim of bringing the thinking mind to a stop, similar to Zen meditation, when one can then experience direct 'oneness' with our Inner Self".

The show was performed from August 7th-21st, 2004 at the Alba Theatre, Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland

Press reviews

From: THE SCOTSMAN  

Thu 19 Aug 2004 

Zen-Sations 

LOUISE RIMMER 

COWGATE CENTRAL , WILKIE HOUSE (Venue 26) 

IN THIS theatrical equivalent to the Little Book of Zen Wisdom, the highly polished Theatre of Eternal Values present their tales of Zen monks with wit and panache. A snappy pace and tight direction leads to a fun 50 minutes - though I suspect enlightenment itself probably takes a little longer. Recommended for those who like to sit on their ankles. 

Until 21 August. 

From: THREE WEEKS eDAILY - the complete guide to the Edinburgh Festival - 8 Aug 2004

Zen-sations  Theatre of Eternal Values tw rating: 4/5

Escape the Festival! Let a group of monks take you to a higher level. Don't worry that a play about Zen sounds a bit, well, new-agey, this team from Italy perform ancient tales of Zen with so much enthusiasm and good-humour that it is impossible not to enjoy it. It also reveals some wise truths about human nature. Simply put together using a brilliant cast, basic props and the audience's imagination this play makes you think, and it makes you laugh, a lot. Go along and be surprised. Zen really wasn't my kind of thing, now, it just might be.

Zen-Sations  

The Scotsman - Thursday, 19th August 2004 

LOUISE RIMMER 

IN THIS theatrical equivalent to the Little Book of Zen Wisdom, the highly polished Theatre of Eternal Values present their tales of Zen monks with wit and panache. A snappy pace and tight direction leads to a fun 50 minutes - though I suspect enlightenment itself probably takes a little longer. Recommended for those who like to sit on their ankles. 

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