Press Release

Pump House CYT and Warner Bros. team up to bring an Amazonian Indian to Edinburgh

A unique partnership has been formed to develop an amazing theatre production Rainforest Dreams, regarding the plight of the indigenous people living deep in the Amazon Rainforest. This new multimedia play will connect you with what is happening now in the Amazonian rainforest and we see the devastation through the Indigenous peoples’ eyes.

The partnership comprises of award winning drama group and fringe veterans Pump House CYT, Warner Bros., environmental organization Plan it Eco and renowned eco centre Sani Lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

We are all aware of the situation with the rainforest and deforestation but are we aware that the pollution caused from oil exploration and illegal loggers is speeding the devastation and this is a real concern to the Indigenous Indians and affects their way of life.

Based on a concept by Sharon Gaffney and written by former TV producer Phil Williams from Plan it Eco (adapted by Sharon Gaffney and Karen Rhodes) Phil has now made this his life’s work to educate businesses, schools and colleges to the plight of the indigenous people and often takes groups to the Amazon to experience the situation first hand.

For the first time ever, we will have a Kichwa Indian coming to Edinburgh. Javier is a guide in the Amazon and the Rainforest is his home.  He comes from the tribe of Kichwa Indians and has learned exceptional English to be a guide and he will be in Edinburgh to explain to the audiences what is happening first hand.  It will be an amazing experience for him but also for our young people and the audiences of Edinburgh to have this opportunity to speak to an indigenous Indian direct.

Warner Bros. saw this multimedia project bringing young people together with Javier to deliver a message on how everyone can help with environmental sustainability, and immediately decided to support the project to bring this message to a wider audience at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Rainforest Dreams and is about a group of students find themselves transported to the Rainforest, to find they are running for their lives as soon as they arrive. With footage from real indigenous Indians of the Amazonian Rainforest (especially filmed for this production) we share what happens to the people living with the oil exploration and the illegal logging on an everyday basis. On screen they interact with the students giving a real insight into how they live.  Threatened with their lives will this group of teenagers do the right thing, or will they succumb to the illegal loggers and oilmen’s demands? With a real twist at the end it is difficult to guess what direction they will take.

You can support this message of sustainability at

August 20-26 14:30 (1hr) Paradise in Augustines (Venue 152) For more information: Pump House CYT is a volunteer run open access Youth drama group that has been going for over 40 years. Our aim is to provide young people of all backgrounds the opportunity to perform on stage. We strive to achieve the highest standards possible while keeping an enjoyable, learning environment. We do several productions a year including everything from mimes & improvisation through to large scale musicals. We regularly take part in drama festivals, the National Theatre Connection festival and this is our fifth production we have taken to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

About one of our previous Edinburgh Fringe productions: “turned out to be one of the best Fringe musicals I’ve seen so far” ****  ThreeWeeks

Sani Lodge: Promote the tourism of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest to ensure a unique experience for our visitants and at the same time improve the quality of life of the Kichwa Sani Isla community. Located on 42,000 hectares (103,784 acres) of untouched rainforest, Sani Lodge is a unique ecolodge in Ecuador. Here, the biodiversity will amaze you! In this adventure, you will walk through a pristine rainforest gallery that is home to 1,500 species of trees, hundreds of climbing vines and exotic flowers. 550 species of tropical birds, 13 species of monkeys and 1,000 species of beautiful butterflies.

Sani Lodge is attended by its owners all the time, so the profits stay in the community and it helps to improve in healthcare and education of the community!

With this fact, we guarantee that all the visitors have a Real Cultural Experience with wildlife and enjoying wonderful times with the community.

Warner Bros.: At Warner Bros., our business and passion is storytelling, in all its different forms, and we’ve seen first-hand the power that storytellers have to change the world for the better. We believe that new perspectives and unique voices lay the foundation for all of our great stories. Our mission is to make a positive impact on the world through initiatives that encourage youth to be storytellers, create access and opportunities for new voices, and drive sustainable production.
  • Making Stories Sustainably – We weave sustainable practices into our productions to ensure the future of storytelling is preserved for generations to come.
  • Changing the Narrative – Our programs and partnerships provide access to opportunities in our industry.
  • The Next Great Storytellers – Our filmmaking and storytelling programs encourage the next generation to recognize the value of their own voices.