A co-production between Out of Joint, Chichester Festival Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe
By Richard Bean
From 22 September 2014
£15 - £42 seats
2 hours 30 minutes including interval
Anna Leong Brophy
Please note: This production has now closed.
In the southern Pacific Ocean on the remote island of Pitcairn, the infamous mutineers of The Bounty, led by Fletcher Christian (or should it be Titreano?), begin to establish a new society alongside their Tahitian followers. Tensions quickly swell as the British settlers refuse to relinquish the vices of their past. Social, racial and sexual schisms render the once paradisiac island into a hotbed of discord and bloody violence. Pitcairn vividly explores the conflict between personal freedoms and public responsibilities.
Pitcairn is Richard Bean’s brutal telling of the colonisation of the remote island of Pitcairn by Fletcher Christian and the Bounty mutineers. Directed by Max Stafford-Clark and designed by Tim Shortall, the play charts – with salty humour and growing horror – the spiralling descent of the colony from a new Eden of freedom and equality to a brutal dystopia. Richard Bean’s recent credits include Great Britain and One Man, Two Guvnors at the National Theatre and in the West End.
Pitcairn contains scenes of a graphic sexual nature.
'Richard Bean is the playwright of the moment... an intriguing take on a historical legend, with a clever sting in its tail'
The Sunday Telegraph
'I can't stop thinking about it and it expands in my mind.'
'Max Stafford-Clark's production is punchy. Striking performances ... Bean dares to tackle big themes with thought-provoking fizz'
‘An illuminating, angry piece of historical entertainment’
'It feels like an exciting time for this boldly contentious writer.'
'Richard Bean’s ambitious new play.'
'Its broad humour and percussive dance numbers will suit the Globe.'
'Tom Morley captures the waning idealism and incipient cunning of Fletcher Christian, while Ash Hunter is persuasive as his more pragmatic quadroon deputy. Samuel Edward-Cook is terrifying as a wild and drunken sailor, Eben Figueiredo is touching as the Polynesian ship’s boy desperate to lose his virginity, while Siubhan Harrison is wonderfully alluring as Christian’s devious wife.'
'Engagingly ambitious...a sense of scope that ensures it is never less than interesting.'
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Saturday 27 September