In a dance hall in the spring before the First World War, a socialist visionary is shooting a silent film adapted from a Jules Verne adventure, using cooks and waiters as his cast. A gold rush, a group of genocidal Indian hunters foiled by commando nuns, a runaway revolutionary archduke and Darwin and Queen Victoria playing imperial monopoly… D.W. Griffith meets Cecil B. DeMille – and all the time, the lights are going down over Europe.
Long before the ship the Fol Espoir runs aground on Cape Horn, high idealism and base motives are vying for the souls of all on board.
Ariane Mnouchkine’s production Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir (Aurores) / The Castaways of the Fol Espoir (Sunrises) performed by Le Théâtre du Soleil, which transforms Lowland Hall into a world of the imagination and fantasy. Mnouchkine’s work has rarely been seen in the UK because of its sheer scale and complexity, and this is her first production in the UK for 20 years.
Théâtre du Soleil
Performed in English and French with English supertitles
A play collectively devised by Théâtre du Soleil
Half-written by Hélène Cixous loosely based on a mysterious, posthumous novel by Jules Verne.
Ariane Mnouchkine, director
Jean-Jacques Lemêtre, music
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