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Crusoe legend takes to the stage

Posted on 03/09/2019 by Helga Pearson
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A brand new theatre company based in the Yorkshire Dales is making its debut at The Georgian Theatre Royal on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 September with an exciting stage adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s classic tale Robinson Crusoe.

Crusoe’s Island is a specially written one-man show that tells the familiar story of shipwreck, solitude and salvation through the eyes of Crusoe himself as an old man looking back on his adventures. 

It is exactly 300 years since Defoe’s novel was first published with its full title of The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner and since then the story of Yorkshire’s most famous castaway has become one of the most widely published books in history with over 700 different versions and imitations, including the popular children’s book Swiss Family Robinson.

 Given such strong Yorkshire roots, it is a fitting choice of topic for the newly-formed Fell-Foss Theatre – the brainchild of Colin Bailey administrator at North Country Theare from 2012 and former North Country Theatre actor Mark Cronfield. Supported by an Arts Council Grant, they aim to continue the tradition of North Country Theatre by bringing original, high-quality drama to the North of England, particularly to rural communities and small alternative venues.

 “It is very exciting to be embarking on this new venture and to keep the artistic flame burning within the Yorkshire Dales, said Mark Cronfield, who appeared in North Country Theatre productions from 2003 until their last performance of Nightmares in Norfolk in 2017. “Creativity lives wherever the rehearsal room is – be it a small village hall or a large London venue and over the years this has been proved many times over. There is exceptional talent in the area and very appreciative audiences out there to enjoy it.”

Crusoe’s Island was inspired by the late Elizabeth Bishop’s poem Crusoe in England, which places Defoe’s hero back in his native land reviewing his past. It is wistful and reflective and looks at the differences between England and the island world that Crusoe had to create from his imagination.

Tickets for Crusoe’s Island cost from £11 to £16 and are available from The Georgian Theatre Royal’s Box Office (01748) 825252 or via the online booking service at www.georgiantheatre.co.uk

 

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