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Nation archiveA parallel world, 1860. Two teenagers thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau's village and left Daphne shipwrecked on his South Pacific island, thousands of miles from home. One wears next to nothing, the other a long white dress; neither speaks the other's language; somehow they must learn to survive. As starving refugees gather, Daphne delivers a baby, milks a pig, brews beer and does battle with a mutineer. Mau fights cannibal Raiders, discovers the world is round and questions the reality of his tribe's fiercely patriarchal gods. Together they come of age, overseen by a foul-mouthed parrot, as they discard old doctrine to forge a new Nation. World Premiere (Olivier). Running time: 2hrs 40mins inclu. interval.


Gary Carr (Mau), Emily Taaffe (Daphne), David Ajala (Milo), Gaye Brown (Grandmother), Paul Chahidi (Cox), Elaine Claxton (Ensemble), Adrian Decosta (Ensemble), Mike Denman (Ensemble), Lorna Gayle (Marisgala), Nancy Wei George (Ensemble), Howard Gossington (Ensemble), Tony Hasnath (Ensemble), Robert Hastie (Ensemble), Amy Loughton (Ensemble), Michelle Lukes (Ensemble), Nick Malinowski (Ensemble), Michael Mears (Foxlip), Itxaso Moreno (Ensemble), Al Nedjan (Polegrave), Bhasker Patel (Mau's Father), Nicholas Rowe (Father), Sirine Saba (Cahle), Gurpreet Singh (Ensemble), Craig Stein (Pilu), Captain Roberts (David Sterne), Jason Thorpe (Milton), Ewart James Walters (Ataba)


Book by: Terry Pratchett
Adapted by: Mark Ravenhill
Corporate Sponsor: Accenture
Producer: National Theatre
Director: Melly Still
Design(s): Melly Still, Mark Friend, Yvonne Stone (puppets and puppetry)
Costume: Dinah Collin
Lighting: Paul Anderson
Other: Jon Driscoll (projections)
Music: Adrian Sutton
Sound: Paul Arditti


Nation (Play) production archive for QTIX code T1339811314. Details of all Nation archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S0246809259

Archive Listings

30 Jan 10Warwick Arts Centre
Coventry, West Midlands
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30 Jan 10Crescent Arts Centre
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11 Nov 09
28 Mar 10
Olivier (National Theatre)
West End, Greater London
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