Opening Night: December 5th 2006
Venue: Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Great Hall)
This is an exciting departure for Castaway in terms of genre, venue and staging. Harrison's adaptation of the Nativity (as well as other medieval Mystery Plays) was originally staged by the National Theatre in 1985. It is a glorious celebration of language and storytelling. For seasonal reasons we have just retained the Christmas story - apart from the prelude. In keeping with the author's original intentions we have contemporised the piece. Whether one is a Christian or not, it still remains a fabulous story. And it has many poignant resonances regarding the triumph of good over evil and domestic strife. Harrison has always spoken out for the impoverished... bear in mind that he wrote the piece during Thatcher's reign! I hope that the play can be seen on both spiritual and domestic levels.