by Sebastian Armesto
A new play adapted from Herman Melville’s novel
From the company that created The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Nominated for a Peter Brook Empty Space/Equity Ensemble Award
Nantucket.1851. Centre of a whaling industry that transformed blubber into the oils and candles that lit the world. It’s there that a schoolmaster called Ishmael arrives to ship on a whale-boat. He enrols under Ahab, Captain of the Pequod – a man bent on destroying the white whale that lost him his leg. Certain the destruction of his nemesis will slake his thirst; Ahab’s single-minded pursuit of Moby-Dick consumes Ishmael, the crew and the Pequod itself.
"It's true. It's all true for Moby-Dick. He's a killer, he's a fury, he's an angel of hell. Why if the white whale could talk he'd talk like Ahab."
The spirit and atmosphere of Herman Melville's masterpiece – romantic, ambiguous, characterful and rich with allegory – is captured on stage by simple8, following their critically acclaimed and sell-out run of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
"A company possessing the skills, dedication and intelligence to create wonder" ★★★★★ The Times
All music and sound is performed live by the ensemble.
- Directed by
- Sebastian Armesto
- Creative Producer
- Kirsty Hinton
- Lighting Design
- Sherry Coenen
- Set Design
- Simon Allison
- Musical Arrangement
- David Brett
- Sands Films
- Jane Hamilton
- Lighting Technician
- Ben Cowens
- Nicholas Bishop
- Oliver Birch
- David Brett
- Christopher Doyle
- Joseph Kloska
- Leroy Osei-Bonsu
- Mat Wandless
- Sargon Yelda
All photographs by Idil Sukan at Draw HQ.
12 February – 4 May 2013
SPECIAL EVENT - Monday 22nd April
After the performance of Moby-Dick, Dr. Cindy Lawford will talk about Melville's wandering days at sea and how his yarn about a whale transmogrified into his great experiment to produce the American epic novel. There will then be a short Q&A with some of the cast.
Moby-Dick will feature the same ensemble as the critically acclaimed Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
"A transporting experience" ★★★★ THE INDEPENDENT
"A taut and ripping sea yarn" ★★★★ METRO
"This production should put simple8 in the front rank of companies working in the country today" ★★★★ WHATSONSTAGE
"A spectacular victory...the techniques of 'poor theatre' have rarely proved so vivid or evocative" ★★★★ EXEUNT
simple8 has a strong commitment to environmental issues and continues to work alongside Arcola Theatre to develop policies based on the principles of ecological sustainability.
"Listen to some of the wonderful sea shanties from Moby-Dick through the videos below."