en route – edinburgh Programme


en route is a love song to the city, unfolding places, personal and private, present and past.

Engaging with audio, mobile phones, walking, urban streetscapes, and the city, en route invites you on a walking and listening journey – both inward and outward – across the thoroughfares and back-alleys of Edinburgh.

Part traveller, witness, and voyeur. As you journey, fragments of narrative, local music, and sound, intertwine with directions, wanderings, observations, and found experiences. The spontaneous choreography of passers-by, streets, alleys, and buildings evoke a city on which to project your own narratives and meanings as perceptions, insights, senses make and remake the city you inhabit.

en route is specially created for each town or city it inhabits.

Created by one step at a time like this: Suzanne Kersten; Clair Korobacz; Paul Moir and Julian Rickert
Creative Producer: Richard Jordan

With text from
one step at a time like this; Maurice Merleau-Ponty – paraphrase of ‘The Intertwining – The Chiasm’ from ‘the Visible and the Invisible’; Rainer Maria Rilke – excerpts from ‘The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge’ and ‘Diaries of a Young Poet’

With all the great local music
My Tear Dissolved the View and Proverb Part 2 composed by Chris Lee-Marr, performed by Esperi
Electric Garden written and performed by The Lava Experiments
Imagine Instead and Being Here is Not Being Alone composed and performed by Marvin Wilson
Solitude composed by Phillip Quirie, performed by Debutant
Secrets composed and performed by So Many Animal Calls
The Mast composed and performed by Araya
Soon Be Home composed by Jon Innes, performed by The Ansion
Maple Leaf Tears and A Vague Memory of Above, Before composed and performed by De Trop
Between Her Dreams composed by Les Scott, performed by Neu Gestalt
It’s Not A Fjord But A Lake composed by Luke Joyce, performed by The Gothenburg Address
Bru Hit Him composed and performed by Zefs Chasing Cara
Gloriarss written by Kynan Robinson, performed by Des Peres
Josie written by Kynan Robinson, performed by The Escalators
For The Thoughts You Never Had composed and performed by eagleowl
Arizona State composed and performed by Keser
Turbulence (Jason Famous Remix) by Arab Strap
Looking Back by Sodastream
Through Line composed by Dave Dando-Moore, performed by A Wake A Week
Undertow written and performed by Cye Wood

en route had it’s UK premiere at the Traverse Theatre in 2010. 

Image Credit: Jane Barlow.

Special thanks to: Shona McCarthy; Lyndsey Jackson and Ronan Sweeney; Jenny and Jennifer and the Traverse team.

one step at a time like this is a collaboration between 3 Melbourne contemporary theatre artists Suzanne Kersten, Clair Korobacz and Julian Rickert. Employing an expanded notion of theatre, one step create location-responsive works and audience-centric works. They seek out novel forms of audience engagement via the use of inventive performative platforms in public space and performance buildings – digital, live, and innovative blends. Works are designed to allow audiences to slip seamlessly between real-world locales, virtual worlds and narrative elements. Engaging the co-authoring activity of the audience is a key element of the work.

The company has been commissioned to create works for Sadler’s Wells, Situations UK, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Singapore International Festival of the Arts, London Olympics Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Arts Centre Melbourne, Arts House, Melbourne Festival and City of Melbourne, among others.

Recent Works include: Nocturne, Vivid Sydney; 64 Ways of Being, Victorian Government Creative State Commission; en route, Singapore International Arts Festival; Sea Inside, Dansearena Nord, Norway; Carnival of Futures, Arts House; upsidedowninsideout, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Culture Station Seoul, Arts Centre Melbourne; Immergence, Situations UK; Since I Suppose, OZ Arts, Nashville, Arts House and Melbourne Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Undreamed Shores, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; forever young, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe and Junction Festival, Ireland.

Richard Jordan Productions is based in London under the artistic leadership of British producer Richard Jordan. In 1998, he was the first recipient of the Society of London Theatre / TIF New Producers Bursary Award. Since then, the company has produced over 250 productions in the UK and 28 other countries, including 95 world-premières and 102 European, Australian or US premières producing and collaborating with the world’s leading theatres. Described by The Stage as “one of the UK’s most prolific theatre producers”, a new work specialist and experienced dramaturge, Richard has been at the forefront of developing and/or commissioning works often with a strong social and political agenda. In October 2022, Richard became the first international producer to present work in Ukraine since the outbreak of war with the Russian Federation which brought art and humanitarian aid into the country. Since 2010, Richard Jordan and one step at a time like this develop and produce their work together world-wide. His past productions have won over 60 major awards including: the TONY; Olivier; Emmy; 17 Scotsman Fringe Firsts; Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award; Spirit of the Fringe; Herald Angel; Total Theatre; US Black Alliance; Obie; and the John Gassner Award.

Traverse Theatre: This year the Traverse marks it’s 60th year. Together, we celebrate six decades of stories that connect, inspire, challenge, entertain and that contribute to the cultural voice of our nation. With an abundance of shows from talented artists with urgent stories that bring life and vitality to our stages – both in-person and digital – the Traverse continues to be a platform for debate, a space for our community, and home of memorable experiences. Across our programme, you can encounter trailblazing creativity that offers unique opportunities to explore the world around us, connect with the lives of others and that spark that vital curiosity in what it is to be human. The Traverse is a champion of performance, experience and discovery. Enabling people to access and engage with theatre is our fundamental mission, and we want our work to represent, speak to and be seen by the broadest cross section of society. We are specialists in revealing untold perspectives in innovative ways. This is our role as Scotland’s premier new-work theatre and a commitment that drives each strand of our work.

Bureau of Works produces contemporary and experimental art for the here and now. Led by independent producer Erin Milne, the company focuses on creating strategic opportunities for artists, supporting the creation of new work and exploratory form, and developing contexts that foster risk-taking and ambition.