Saturday, 14 September 2013

The Last Leviathans

A sobering, moving evening in the company of Theatre on the Edge. Writer Barrie Wheatley based his play, The Last Leviathans, on a diary kept by the surgeon of the Diana. One of Hull’s last whaling ships, in the winter of 1866 the Diana became trapped in the Arctic ice in Baffin Bay, Canada. The captain and a third of the crew died but the others survived starvation, scurvy and frostbite to sail her safe back to Hull 14 months after her departure. The dialogue sometimes sounded too modern, but clever staging jumped seamlessly between home life in Hull and the privations on board, and the sea shanties gave the play an authentic feel.    

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