1000 Airplanes on the Roof

David McKay actor

Judith Howarth soprano

James Brining director

Colin Richmond set designer

Simon Wilkinson lighting designer

John Harris sound designer

Jonathan Charles video designer

Red Note Ensemble

Jessica Cottis – conductor

Premiered in 1988 in Vienna Airport’s Hangar No 3, 1000 Airplanes combines a dramatic text with hypnotic music.  Described by its cult American composer Philip Glass as “a science fiction music drama”, this unique production returns us to the Concorde Hangar.

David McKay plays the mysterious ‘M’ who recalls his encounters with extraterrestrial life-forms and their message to him: “It is better to forget, it is pointless to remember. No-one will believe you”.

Did he really meet them?  Was it a drug-induced nightmare – or the beginning of a mental breakdown? The development of 1000 Airplanes on the roof has been supported by the National Theatre of Scotland.

Running Time 1 hour 30 minutes approx

Price £15 (£8 students)

National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

The National Museum of Flight is part of the National Museums of Scotland. The museum is housed in the original wartime buildings of RAF East Fortune which is one of the best preserved wartime airfields in the UK.

The hangar housing Concorde G-BOAA includes a display on the history of this fascinating aircraft as well as parts of other passenger aircraft.

National Museum of Flight, East Fortune


National Museum of Flight, East Fortune
EH39 5LF

Getting there by bus

No evening bus service

Getting there by train

Edinburgh to North Berwick service every hour. Nearest station is Drem – 4 miles.

Getting there by car

From Edinburgh: follow the A1 south exit at Abbotsview Junction. Take second exit from roundabout onto A199 for East Linton. After approximately 2.5 miles, turn left onto B1347 and follow the signs for the National Museum of Flight.

From the south: follow the A1 north to Thistlycross Roundabout. Take second exit to East Linton. At Beltonford Roundabout take second exit onto A199 for East Linton. After approximately 6 miles, turn right onto B1347 and follow the signs for the National Museum of Flight.



Free parking in marked parking bays. Several designated disabled spaces outside venue.


Tarmac and grass.

Induction Loop:

Good male/female provision plus adapted toilet for disabled.

Wheelchair Access:

Level access from car park into venue.

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