If you live in the UK or travel there between October 31 and December 12, 2008, you have a chance to see a new play inspired by W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn. Here’s the information, straight from the website of the Volcano Theatre Company.
A new Volcano show for autumn 2008
Have you ever read a book that changed your life?
One day in the Spring of 2007, we happened upon an extraordinary book. It was to obsess us, in various ways, for months to follow. We bought six or seven copies of it and insisted that our friends read it. Some of them did, and joined us in our obsession. We posted it to acquaintances who concluded that we were mad. We mislaid our own copies and suspected each other of stealing them. We became fascinated with random objects, felt the need to go on long walks, and began to invest even the smallest things with great significance.
That book was The Rings of Saturn by WG Sebald. It is the story of a man who went for a walk. Our show will not tell you that same story – instead it will tell the stories of five people who see the world differently since they read it, who witness the world through its pages. i-witness is the story of our obsession.
Catherine is fanatical about the things no-one notices.
Paul plays music to keep the silence at bay.
Philip has not been sleeping well since he read it.
Fern is hypnotized by the rhythm of endless walking.
Meet our troubled quartet as they attempt to entertain, persuade, amaze and unsettle you with curiosities, discoveries, observations and performances. They are preoccupied by the past, adrift in the present, and terrified of the future. They might try to baffle you with puzzles, make you laugh, or shock you with their honesty. They invite you to laugh at them, cry with them, wonder what on earth they think they’re doing, and to see the world a bit differently than you did before.
2008 TOUR DATES
SWANSEA | Taliesin | 31 Oct & 1 Nov | 7.30pm | 01792 602060
CARDIFF | Sherman Cymru | 5 & 6 Nov | 8pm | 029 2064 690
CIRENCESTER | Sundial Theatre | 11 Nov | 8pm | 01285 65422
HALESWORTH | The Cut | 14 Nov | 7.30pm | 0845 6732123
WOLVERHAMPTON | Arena Theatre | 25 Nov | 7.30pm | 01902 321321
ABERYSTWYTH | Arts Centre | 26 Nov | 7.30pm | 01970 623232
EASTLEIGH | The Point | 2 & 3 Dec | 7.30pm | 023 8065 2333
BRISTOL | Tobacco Factory Theatre | 4 – 6 Dec | 8pm | 0117 902 0344
ORMSKIRK | The Rose Theatre | 9 Dec | 7.30pm | 01695 584480
MOLD | Clwyd Theatr Cymru | 11 & 12 Dec | 7.45pm | 0845 330 3565
i-witness is inspired by the work of WG Sebald, particularly The Rings of Saturn, translated by Michael Hulse.
“If we view ourselves from a great height it is frightening how little we know about our species, our purpose and our end” WG Sebald.
i-witness features Catherine Bennett, Paul Davies, Philip Ralph and Fern Smith.
Directed by John Hardwick
Design by Gerald Tyler
Film by Lucy Cash.
Co-produced by Volcano Theatre Company and Taliesin Arts Centre
Supported by a touring grant from Arts Council England