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Nantucket.1851. Centre of a whaling industry that transformed blubber into the oils and candles that lit the world. It's there that a schoolmaster called Ishmael arrives to ship on a whale-boat. He enrols under Ahab, Captain of the Pequod - a man bent on destroying the white whale that lost him his leg. Certain the destruction of his nemesis will slake his thirst; Ahab's single-minded pursuit of Moby-Dick consumes Ishmael, the crew and the Pequod itself.
4 April 2013
I have a confession to make - I have never read the whole of Moby Dick. I am of course aware of its mighty reputation as a leading, and perhaps slightly intimidating, example of The Great American Novel, of the narrator Ishmael and his tale into the heart of darkness of Captain Ahab and his relentless pursuit of the mighty, elusive whale, Moby Dick. It is perhaps this same reputation that has caused so many distinguished theatre and film-makers over the years, including John Huston, to attempt to adapt the novel to varying degrees of success.
The approach of the Simple 8 company is at once incredibly enterprising and ingenious. From the barest of boards, this small but brilliant ensemble are able to conjure entire worlds. The maritime theme of the evening is set with a larky, mischievous rendition of Celine Dion’s hit ‘My Heart will Go On’ from the film Titanic. It raises an eyebrow and could perhaps cause a slight alarm as to what kind ...
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