Out of Joint, Chichester Festival Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe present
by Richard Bean 2014
“It is as if we find ourselves at the beginning of time…”
It’s 1789. Ideas of revolution and democracy are in the air. In the South Pacific, Fletcher Christian overthrows his captain in the famous mutiny on The Bounty.
With his fellow mutineers and their Tahitian lovers and followers, Christian drops anchor at the remote island of Pitcairn. But his dream of creating a society of equals is blown off course: by the greed and suspicions of his fellow sailors, and by the Tahitian’s adherence to their hierarchy and traditions.
With salty humour and growing horror, Richard Bean charts the colony’s bloody descent from a new Eden to a dystopia.
“Lucid. Haunting. Savagely comic. I can’t stop thinking about it”
“A rip-roaring tale, rich in metaphorical resonance”
“Ingenious. A pleasure to watch. The cast is highly impressive.”
“Exciting. Bean dares to tackle big themes with thought-provoking fizz”
“A marvellous new play. Spectacular. Bean’s final twist is a delight”
Southern Daily Echo
Richard Bean‘s plays include the current hit phone-hacking comedy Great Britain (National Theatre); One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre, West End, Broadway); The Heretic (Royal Court); The Big Fellah (Out of Joint/Lyric Hammersmith); Under the Whaleback, Harvest, England People Very Nice and the forthcoming musical Made In Dagenham. He has twice won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play, and Critics’ Circle awards in both London and New York. His first play, Toast, is revived at London’s Park Theatre from August 2014.
Out of Joint is delighted to be collaborating again with Chichester Festival Theatre following our production of Top Girls; and thrilled to be making our Globe debut.