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September 6, 2010 | by  | in Theatre | [ssba]


Shipwrecked! has a full title and that full title is Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (As Told By Himself). Which, rather helpfully, is quite self-explaining. This show presents itself as Louis De Rougemont (Nick Blake) recounting to a paying audience the (based-on-a-true-)story of how in his late teens he was shipwrecked in the Pacific and the numerous adventures that followed. Louis is ably assisted by two local players (Darlene Mohekey and Jackson Coe, former editor of these very theatre pages).

As much as this is a play about a formerly-shipwrecked man recounting his tale, it is a play about story-telling, about how we connect with other humans and the desperate need to be a somebody. It is also about riding sea turtles as if they were horses.

The spare and sparse design by Andrew Foster is a masterstroke and is lit entirely by desk-lamps hanging from the ceiling controlled with on-stage switches by the cast. Gareth Farr’s music (also performed by the cast) is another total triumph.

The greatest joy to be had in Shipwrecked! is not in its great performances or emotional intimacy but in just how properly funny it is. It is hilarious. Like, very hilarious. It is, after all, an entertainment.

Written by Donald Margulies
Directed by Peter Hambleton
Performed by Nick Blake, Darlene Mohekey and Jackson Coe
In Circa 2, 28 August—25 September


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Uther was one of the two arts editors in 2009. He was the horoscopier and theatre writer in 2010. Alongside Elle Hunt, Uther was coeditor in 2011.

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