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Tristan da Cunha play puts ocean on stage

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A play about the 1961 evacuation of Tristan da Cunha has achieved the status of a “modern classic”, says The Guardian newspaper.

Girl on a beach, gazing out to sea
Further Than The Furthest Thing (production image)

Zinnie Harris’s drama, Further Than The Furthest Thing, is being revived for a short run at Dundee Rep in Scotland, until May 5. It’ll be wet, and half-naked, apparently.

The writer has family links to Tristan, where “the importance of mutual dependence, the preciousness of little things, penguins’ eggs, potatoes, patches of ground, time honoured customs and a visiting supply vessel” were all vital for survival, said The Stage newspaper.

Just as Tristanians faced being swallowed by molten lava, so theatregoers in Dundee face being engulfed if the technicals go wrong: “The Rep stage will be flooded with 29,000 litres of water for this spectacular production,” says the theatre website.

It goes on: “Island life appears simple and pure but when a new visitor arrives, past secrets threaten to erupt and destroy the calm. When an apparently dormant volcano becomes active, the inhabitants are forced to flee their homes in search of a new life.”

And the final caution: “Contains strong language and partial nudity.” A bit racy for Tristan, surely?

The Stage
Dundee Rep

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