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The Lost Lending Library, Punchdrunk Enrichment’s immersive family experience set in a magical travelling library made its first visit to the Edinburgh International Festival from 3-27 August 2023.

Calling all young people with great imaginations.

At 314 floors high and with 78 spiral side departments, The Lost Lending Library houses the largest collection of books and stories in the world. Books of all sizes and colours are crammed together on its shelves, stories bursting into life from their covers.

Inside one department is a trainee library guardian weighed down with responsibility. They need your help to learn how to believe in themselves, and appreciate their own unique talents.

In this immersive experience, discover a world of stories. Come on a journey that celebrates the search for knowledge and trying your best.

Suitable for young people aged 6–11 years and their parents or carers.

Punchdrunk Enrichment creates immersive, theatrical experiences that celebrate the power of the imagination. Since 2008 it has opened doors to magical worlds for children in education, family and community settings.

Click here to read more about the creative team.

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Punchdrunk Enrichment would like to express thanks to the members of The Lost Lending Library Giving Circle and the Maria Björnson Memorial Fund for their invaluable support towards the development of this production.

Gorgeously realised, packed with fun details and magical ideas.

– The Stage ★★★★
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Creative Team

  • Writer and Director

    Mia Jerome

  • Creator, Original Writer/Director and Co-Director

    Peter Higgin

  • Original Designer

    Kate Rigby

  • Associate Designer

    Casey-Jay Andrews

  • Sound Designer

    Stephen Dobbie

  • Creative Development

    Alice Kitty Devlin

  • Dramaturg

    Joanne Skapinker

  • Resident Director

    Rosalind Sydney

  • Cast

    Simon Maeder, Hayley Muirhead, Delvene Pitt

  • A collection of neatly rolled scrolls of paper. A small model of a man on a ladder sits inside one.
    Punchdrunk Enrichment. Image by Stephen Dobbie.
  • A shelf from the Lost Lending Library. There is an assortment of old books covered in a fishing net. A parrot looks down from above.
    Punchdrunk Enrichment. Image by Stephen Dobbie.
  • A young girl pulling a book from a library shelf. She is looking toward a crack in a door from which a bright golden light is glowing.
    Punchdrunk Enrichment. Image by Stephen Dobbie.
  • A young boy smiling and pointing at at a shelf of books in a dimly lit library
    Punchdrunk Enrichment’s The Lost Lending Library. Photo by Paul Cochrane


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