The Island

Commissioned by the European Theatre Convention, The Island was co-produced by the Nottingham Playhouse in the UK and Det Norske Teatret in Oslo as part of the Young Europe project.

The production then toured to Norway (Olso) and France (Strasbourg), before returning to the Nottingham Playhouse in 2010-11 for NEAT 11 festival.

Adapted by Laura Lomas from the powerful and beautiful illustrated book for children by Armin Greder, The Island explores what happens when a lonely stranger is washed up on the beach of an isolated island.Neither understands the other’s language, and all are suspicious of what he brings to the island. Except the fisherman. He argues that the man should be integrated into the community and help with their daily lives, but all refuse, even the priest. The people are frightened, and eventually there is no other solution but to cast him back into the sea and build a wall around their little piece of land.

The Island

adapted from the original book by Laura Lomas

directed by Susannah Tresilian

designed by Parveen Ghir

project pedagogue, Andrew Breakwell (Nottingham Playhouse)

project dramaturg, Ola Bø (Det Norske Teatret)

music composed by Dan Willis

First production performed by Catherine Boot and Dan Willis

Second production performed by Rebecca D’Souza and Sam Jones

All information and photos on the European Theatre Convention ‘Young Europe’ project webpage: here.