Robinson: The Other Island
Give It a Name
In 1719, Daniel Defoe published Robinson Crusoe, the fake diary of a shipwrecked adventurer who spent 27 years alone on a remote island. It was the first novel in English. In its tricentennial year, Give It A Name re-examine this iconic tale as a hypnotic evocation of solitude; delving deep into the fantasy of the island, the violence of colonisation and the act of reading.
A young woman, Bianca, shipwrecked by the modern world, dulls her loneliness by escaping into the pages of a 300 year-old book: exchanging her ready meals, her empty flat and an ocean filled with plastic for the Island of Speranza, where Robinson, alone and lost in the glittering pristine Pacific, tries to stay sane.
Robinson: The Other Island is part stage show, part radio play, part ASMR experience. Using innovative binaural sound, this production has been 3 years in the making, and involves the participation of local book clubs. Developed for adult audiences. Audiences will wear headphones throughout this performance.
Sound: Jack Drewry and John Norton. Design: Ben Pacey. Lighting: Angharad Evans. Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery. Development support from Chapter, Bristol Old Vic Ferment and Wales Millennium Centre
Audio Described Performances: 9, 16, 17, 18 May, evening only