“A woman who can’t cry. I assure you, there is nothing to fear.”
Instructions on How to Cry is a new devised play exploring the science and mystery of emotional tears which appear to be solely present in Homo Sapiens. Mixing clowning, physical comedy and atmospheric live music, the show invites audiences to have fun and celebrate theatre. At the heart of the performance lies a simple question: why do humans cry?
The show is devised and loosely inspired by Julio Cortázar’s surrealist work as well as scientific research on crying.
“So funny and silly and beautiful and utterly un-British. Full of genius. Three splendid performers.” David Greig.
Anahat Theatre is an umbrella company for the work of its Mexican-born, Edinburgh-based director and writer Andrea Cabrera Luna and her collaborations with other artists of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Prior to training as director at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Andrea read an MA in Performance and Culture at Goldsmiths College and Acting in Mexico. She works as associate director director with the Lyceum Theatre, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart 2022; Christmas Tales, 2020; Life is a Dream, 2021; and Told by an Idiot’s Charlie and Stan and Would You Bet Against Us? Andrea is a Lyceum Edinburgh attached artist and Traverse Theatre in residence writer..
Press & Reviews
"Andrea is clearly a very talented director.” Paul Hunter, Told by an Idiot's Artistic Director
“So funny and silly and beautiful and utterly un-British. Full of genius. Three splendid performers. People laughing to tears and delighted to be in the room.” David Greig, Royal Lyceum Theatre's Artistic Director (Edinburgh).
" The live music score contributes to the slapstick/silent film atmosphere of the piece and offers a contemporary twist." Binge Fringe
"I'm unbelievably excited about the prospect of where this production can go." Professor Sophie Scott, Director at UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.
"The depth of performance and style were so great that I didn’t realise I was watching a 'niche' set" Audience member
Cast & Creative Team Patient: SITA PIERACCINI
Scientist: NIKKI HILL
Director: ANDREA CABRERA LUNA
Sound Designer & Musician: CEYLAN HAY
Graphic Designer: ALBERTO CABRERA LUNA
Devised by the company, conceived by Andrea Cabrera Luna (Anahat Theatre)