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 and their role in human evolution. Mixing clowning, physical comedy, live music and audience interaction, the show invites audiences to have fun and celebrate theatre. At the heart of the performance lies the question: what makes us human?
The piece uses scientific research on crying as a source for comedy to highlight the way in which humans use crying to connect, regulate emotions and stay alive. The simplicity and mundane platitudes of each instruction/experiment gives way to multiple misunderstandings and creations of surreal physicality between the two female central characters, a scientist, and a subject of research.
The show is based on surrealist texts and conversations between director Andrea and Professor Sophie Scott, Director of the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL.
Anahat Theatre is an umbrella company for the work of its Mexican-born, Edinburgh-based director 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 Cabrera's piece Instructions on How to Cry will put a smile on your face. This humorous and intelligent piece with live music composed by Ceylan Hay asks a simple question: Why do humans cry? The live music score contributes to the slapstick/silent film atmosphere of the piece and offers a contemporary twist.
Quote by David Greig, Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh’s Artistic Director: “The sharing at Wonder Festival was fabulous. 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. It really couldn't have gone better, and everyone stayed to talk and groups of different folk chatting and nobody wanting to leave.”
"Andrea Cabrera was a pleasure to work with, always taking the work seriously but never herself, and above all she is clearly a very talented director.” Paul Hunter, artistic director of Told by an Idiot
Cast & Creative Team Devised by the company, conceived and directed by Andrea Cabrera Luna (Anahat Theatre)
Cast includes: Sita Pieraccini and Nikki Hill
Choreography: Tess Letham
Dramaturgical advisor: Katy Nixon