Gulliver Returns

Gulliver Returns

Gulliver Returns

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Dawn State Theatre Company
(The Man Who Would Be King – 2016) presents a new play inspired by Jonathan Swift’s savage masterpiece.

Saturday 22 September : 7.30pm

Sunday 23 September : 7.30pm

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Recommended Age : 14+ contains themes of grief and mental health.

The Swallow Theatre is proud to be part of the 20th Wigtown Book Festival which is taking place between 21st and 30th September inclusive.

Clicking the ‘Book Tickets’ button will take you to the festival booking system through which tickets for this production are being sold.

A haunting play about love, loss and the strangeness of today;
inspired b​y Swift’s savage masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels into Several Remote Regions of the World. Dawn State use Swift’s challenging tales to explore issues of grief and mental health, in a beautifully produced new play.

A young couple suffering from a tragic unnamed loss are torn apart as the husband Adam retreats into the world of Gulliver’s Travels and believes he is the protagonist Lemuel.  In an attempt to help him, his wife has arranged that we the audience go round to their living room and hear Lemuel tell us his of his voyages.  Unaware of the effect that his behaviour has on his wife’s equally unbearable grief, Lemuel wishes only to be left alone with the Houyhnhnms of the dark fourth voyage.  In a powerful and heart-wrenching climax, a glimmer of hope shines through.

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​ return to The Swallow Theatre following their sold-out performances of Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King in 2016​.

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Gulliver Returns
Dawn State Theatre Company

75 minutes with no interval
Presented during Wigtown Book Festival

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