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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.

Incorporating text from both Defoe and Michel Tournier’s 1968 reworking (Friday, or the Other Island), 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.

Directed by Mathilde López.
Sound:Jack Drewry and John Norton. Design: Ben Pacey. Lighting: Angharad Evans.


On tour / book tickets:

Chapter, Cardiff
May 9 – 11
chapter.org 029 2030 4400

Volcano Art Haus, Swansea
May 23 – 25
volcanotheatre.co.uk 01792 464790

Galeri, Caernarfon
June 13
galericaernarfon.com 01286 685 222

Y Llwyfan UWTSD, Carmarthen/PCDDS, Caerfyrddin
June 15 – 16
www.giveitaname.net

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