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ViewMaster is a personal & poetic slideshow for your eyes and ears only. An imaginative leap to another country and a step back to the wonder of childhood. 

Ryan Van Winkle (poet) & Dan Gorman (sound artist) lead you on a playful, sometimes surreal, journey to a distant land in under 15 minutes. In a set designed by artist Faith Eliott, Dan & Ryan bring you on a unique visual-sonic-poetic journey to one of four destinations: Mecca, the River Nile, Holland or the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. ViewMaster is more than just a performance it is an immersive experience for an audience of one which starts in a child-like den and whisks you away to another world.

ViewMaster is available for travel. Contact Ryan.

Ryan Van Winkle is Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries. In 2012 his show ‘Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel’ was one of the top ten best-rated shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Dan Gorman is a sound artist who has done field recordings in Afghanistan, Syria and an abandoned military base in Teufelsberg, Germany.

Dramaturgy by Deborah Pearson

Ryan Van Winkle is a pioneer of spellbinding one-on-one poetry readings that are akin to stepping inside your own poetic art installation.

Charlotte Runcie, The List

News & Reviews

magical, lo-fi & quirkily poetic – Lyn Gardner – The Guardian

an impressively immersive experience. – BBC News

A jewel … an immersive, dreamlike experience. – All Edinburgh Theatre

…a delicious quarter of an hour that feels like you’ve slipped into a quiet oasis. – The List

There’s a swelling melancholy, a yearning for something just out of reach, that that creeps in. It’s a strangely calming experience…. You leave reminded that who you are is often where you’ve been. – Exeunt

A short but sweet private transcendental fifteen minutes… – Mumblewords


ViewMaster premiered at Ausform in Bristol, did a short run at the Forest Fringe in 2013 and was part of the Made in Scotland Showcase at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2014 ViewMaster had a sold out run at Poetry International at the Southbank Centre. The creators would like to thank the generous support of Creative Scotland, Ausform, the Forest Fringe and Summerhall.

Ryan Van Winkle & Dan Gorman : ViewMaster from arts-news on Vimeo.



To re-create the experience at home you can purchase the book, audio and visuals from the performance. While the live performance cannot be replicated we hope the combination of audio and images along side the physical book will allow you to sample the experience at home. Published by Stewed Rhubarb & Invisible Agent records. 





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