Saturday 22 September : 7.30pm
Sunday 23 September : 7.30pm
Tickets : £13.50
Dawn State Theatre Company
(The Man Who Would Be King – 2016) presents a new play inspired by Jonathan Swift’s savage masterpiece.
A haunting new play about love, loss and the strangeness of today; inspired by Swift’s savage masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels into Several Remote Regions of the World.
This is a story about Lilith and Lemuel Gulliver. Lem is a man on a mission: tonight – assisted by his wife and at great personal cost to himself – he intends to reveal the horrifying truth of his adventures and in doing so save our savage species from itself. But Lil has her own mission of mercy to perform. No matter what the cost, she must find a way to drag this broken man back to reality.
First published in 1726, Swift’s ground-breaking satire is by turns raging, tragic and magical. In 2013 it was voted number three in the Guardian’s list of the hundred greatest novels ever written, and its profound influence on modern fiction looms large over many of the great dystopian novels of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Orwell’s 1984.
Dawn State’s new play digs deep into the heart of this sweeping epic to reveal the story of two people trying to fix themselves in a world far stranger than Swift could have imagined.
Dawn State return to The Swallow Theatre following their sold-out performances of Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King in 2016.
Find out more about Dawn State Theatre Company at dawnstate.co.uk