Prophecy speaks of a great whale-ship and its quest for glory. Braving storms and tempest tides, the crew pursue a creature as vast, dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself; a white whale of mammoth size and will. With a demonically driven sea captain at the helm, an adrenaline-fuelled chase across the oceans awaits all who volunteer to come aboard… !
And so Theatre Mill make an eagerly awaited return following their acclaimed summer 2015 courtroom staging of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution. This new adaptation of Moby Dick, written by award-winning playwrights John Godber and Nick Lane and directed by Gareth Tudor Price, will run for a strictly limited time only in the medieval surroundings of the York Guildhall.
An epic in every sense of the word, Herman Melville’s maritime masterpiece comes to life in an inspirational new production. The voyage begins in a local fishing inn, an in-the-round interactive theatre set where a group of old fisherman meet. Featuring spectacular live music and songs of the sea, this promises to be a bold, exhilarating sea-faring adventure like no other.
Theatre Mill are renowned for creating community opportunities within their productions. Producer, Rebecca Stafford explains: “People come and join the Theatre Mill team to learn new, skills, receive professional guidance, or simply to be part of the process and make new friends. Whatever their reasons are for getting involved one thing is quite certain - without them the shows wouldn’t quite feel the same. I am really excited about the opportunities available for Moby Dick: we have voluntary positions available in a variety of areas including acting, props and costume making, front of house and technical production."
A further development for the company is the creation of the Professional Development Awards - a paid internship based scheme which offers unique hands-on training and development opportunities for outstanding individuals. A new award in Stage Management has been funded by both Theatre Mill and Arts Council England, with applications being accepted until Thursday 8 September.
For further information on all available community opportunities visit the link below.
Tickets for Moby Dick are available from York Theatre Royal Box Office: 01904 623 568.
MOBY DICK – DATES 2016 Wed 19 Oct – Thur 3 Nov 2016
‘THE ARCTIC WHALERS INN’ YORK GUILDHALL 01904 623 568 ST HELENS SQUARETheatre Mill