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02/01/2018

Pericles - All at Sea, 19th January, Village Hall

Friday January 19th, 7.30pm - 9.00pm

East Garston Village Hall

Tickets from Penny Locke, 01488 648534

A free performance followed by a ‘pay-what- you-will’ collection.

A fascinating re-telling of Shakespeare’s Pericles in a world where a young girl is sold to a brothel; where conflict and famine are devastating parts of Syria, Lebanon and Turkey; where a fisher woman finds bodies tangled in her nets; and where the kindness of strangers saves those in peril on the Mediterranean Sea.

“A lovely bit of storytelling. Who would have thought a 400-year- old story could be so relevant to
today.”

“Full of wit and charm but also with the pathos and power so important in conveying the moral undercurrent that runs through the story.”

We focus on the story of Marina, a young woman determined to make her way in the world on her own terms.  Her father, Pericles, abandoned her having been forced to flee the country, her mother died on board ship giving birth to her.  An extraordinary series of coincidences sees them scurrying round the Mediterranean and brings them back together.

A pair of  story-tellers skilfully and convincingly flit between a multitude of characters to conjure a world in which a young girl is sold to a brothel; in which conflict and famine devastate parts of Syria, Lebanon and Turkey; in which a fisher-woman finds bodies tangled in her nets; and in which the kindness of strangers saves those in peril on the Mediterranean Sea.

It’s a bold and simple piece, fast-moving where the flick of a scarf transforms one character to another, where sea shanties are sung and props are ‘tumbled’ around the stage by ‘waves’. 

“The duo create a wonderful sense of atmosphere – we hear sea shanties, we watch props get tumbled around the stage by waves, and we see Pericles pulled in to shore by a fisher-woman in a small but perfectly formed piece of physical theatre.”