Cicada 3301

Fishbowl Theatre

Publicity package for Fishbowl Theatre’s devised play Cicada 3301 at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019. Poster drafts took inspiration from the global breadcrumb-trail hunt that sparked the Cicada 3301 phenomenon before a simplified final poster distilled graphic confusion into the provocation ‘There is a message hidden in this image’. Listed as one of the top 10 Fringe posters of 2019 by

‘Did you know that the trees in Bedgebury Forest can talk to each other? Well, actually, all trees can talk to each other.’ In 2012, an anonymous 4chan post sparked a scavenger hunt through old manuscripts, out to locations all over the globe and into the uncharted areas of the dark net. In 2019, the hunt continues. In the basement of a church, a group of Cicada followers meet every Friday to finally find the truth behind the enigmatic organisation.

This intrinsically human story follows the search for purpose, community and the value of privacy in the 21st century.

Directors/devisers: Aaron Kilercioglu & Issy Snape
Cast/Devisers: Milo Callaghan, Beth Hindhaugh, Bilal Hasna & Georgia Vyvyan
Producer: Theo Sawkins
Lighting Designer: Dmitry Bashtanov
Sound Designer: Ruari Paterson-Achenbach
Technician: Lucia Revel-Chion

Clockwise from above: early poster drafts; texture details from designs; final poster

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,         Enwrought with golden and silver light,        The blue and the dim and the dark cloth        Of night and light and the half-light,        I would spread the cloths under your feet:        But I, being poor, have only my dreams;        I have spread my dreams under your feet;        Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.        Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by W.B. Yeats, 1899