» Capsule

We're very excited to be re-imagining our popular show-in-a-box from 2010, with the support of Esmee Fairbairn & Coventry City Council. This is the show which originally launched our mobile captioning tool the Difference Engine.

» "Help me!" cried the sea.

Venturing inside the capsule, nothing is as it seems. This unassuming box will take us on a thrilling journey over and under water, meeting fishing families, cargo workers and travellers - whose stories are as bound up with ours as raindrops are with the ocean.

From rivers that lead to freedom, and canals with narrow options for manoeuvre, to seas filled with intrigue, memories and cries for change, the capsule navigates across the world, offering us an immersive experience for six people at a time.

(Age guidance 10+)

25th-28th January 2020

at The Box @ FarGo Village

Far Gosford Street





The Capsule is an enclosed space seating six people, with space for up to two wheelchair users. Audio description is integrated into the performance and Captions will be provided via The Difference Engine app. The 11 am and 12 noon shows on Tuesday 28th will be BSL interpreted. Please contact us on 07708 262182 or at access@talkingbirds.co.uk if you have any queries about access. For information on the Difference Engine see www.talkingbirds.co.uk/de

A maximum of six tickets are available for each performance. P lease contact us if you need a ticket for a carer.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email us on access@talkingbirds.co.uk or call 07708 262182 and leave a message - we'll be back in touch as soon as possible



» Capsule 2010

Take your seat inside the Capsule - a theatre auditorium which seats just 6 people - and experience, through sounds heard and actions glimpsed, the performance happening on the outside, all around you. It's often dark, and you'll need to rely on your senses as the Capsule takes you on a journey through air, space and sea. Oh, and halfway through there's a twist, but we can't say too much about that...

We made this show in the cold and in the dark. We made it out of the tatty sets of old shows, and from the bits of card and fluffy gaffer tape we found on the floor. We made it for a cast of actors that we didn’t have, and for a space we didn’t own. We made it with the favours of friends and the good will of strangers. We made it because it’s a difficult time, and because we don’t know what’s coming. But we mainly made it because we love a journey, and we love the people we meet along the way. [programme note from 2010]

Capsule was originally supported by the FarGo Space Programme and Warwick Arts Centre.

» audience comments [from Capsule 2010]

"Glowing from the most enjoyable theatre for years...the biggest theatrical surprise I've had...and that is only half way in!"

"Capsule was great – very engaging, truly unpredictable, and with a masterstroke in getting the visitors to become active...the narrative was evocative and intelligent."

"Coming to your shows makes me reluctant to go to ‘normal’ theatre, because sitting in the chair is not enough anymore!!! You make it worth it for me to keep coming to Coventry!!"

"That was really unexpected! Very cool idea - and I really like the space. I wasn't sure of the direction it was going in when watching it but then of course it made sense, and I'll be pondering this for a while."

"Absolutely lovely - a real surprise! I feel like a kid, don’t know what to do with this feeling now the show is over! Made me really smile inside. Total Joy!"


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