Canto X

Canto-X_02_image by Cid D'Avila
Image by Cid D’Avila


Deep in the Circle of the Heretics, a forgotten philosopher lies in his grave. His tomb is on fire. He’s got the whole of eternity to spend inside his own mind… good job he has a sense of humour.

Part of the Eme-Bal residency, Canto X uses text and physicality to create a new piece based on Dante Alighieri’s La Divina Commedia.

Work-in-progress sharing at Manipulate 2020 funded by Creative Scotland.

Directed/produced by Flavia D’Avila

Dramaturged by Jen McGregor

Cast: Ádám Tompa, Dave Robb and James Slimings

Musical direction by James Slimings

In development.




Inspired by true events, this baroque tale with a contemporary twist transcends time to explore how people create identities in response to social standards.

The result of a partnership with Previously… Scotland’s History FestivalVolante had a rehearsed reading of its first draft at the Traverse Theatre’s Hothouse programme in November 2016. A second draft was supported by the Tom McGrath Award and read at the Edinburgh Multilingual Stories Festival in December 2018.

Written by Jen McGregor

Directed by Flavia D’Avila

1st draft cast: Laura Pasetti & Daniel Hird

2nd draft cast: Jusztina Hermann & Andrew Simpson

In development.