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Gulliver’s Travels - Unicorn Theatre

Gulliver’s Travels

Previews by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JAZ Woodcock-Stewart will direct Lulu Raczka’s radical re-imagining of Jonathan Swift’s surreal masterpiece, Gulliver’s Travels, at the Unicorn Theatre (Weston Theatre) – from Sunday, March 15 to Sunday, May 3, 2020.

Lemuel Gulliver sails away to a world of strange islands and even stranger creatures – from the tiny inhabitants of Lilliput, to the giants of Brobdingnag, and the mysterious Houyhnhnms – in what turns into an epic adventure of survival, unexpected friendship and in the end, self-discovery.

Gulliver’s fantastical imaginings are vividly brought to life using video camera, intricate table-top sets and projection alongside live performance. This playful, funny and highly inventive show uses Swift’s biting satire to explore reality and escapism, home and family, and the power of stories to transform our view of the world.

Lulu Raczka is a winner of the Sunday Times Young Playwriting Award and Company Director of Barrel Organ Theatre. Her plays include Antigone (New Diorama), A Girl In School Uniform (Walks Into A Bar) (New Diorama), Some People Talk About Violence (Summerhall/Camden People’s Theatre), Clytemnestra from The Iphigenia Quartet (Gate Theatre), and Nothing (Summerhall/Camden People’s Theatre).

Jaz Woodcock-Stewart was a finalist for the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2018 and finalist for the JMK Award in 2016. She is co-artistic director of Antler, an associate company at Bush Theatre 2017-2018. She was recently on attachment at The National Theatre Studio, and was nominated by The National Theatre as part of MITOS21, the European Theatre Network, to make a piece at Performance Laboratory Salzburg 2019.

For the theatre, Woodcock-Stewart has directed Learning Piece (The Place), Civilisation (Underbelly), Lands (Bush Theatre), The Bacchae (East 15 Acting School), Days Like This (BAC/BeFestival), You’re So Relevant (Five Plays, Young Vic), If I Were Me (Soho Theatre/Underbelly) and Where The White Stops (as co-creator; Underbelly/Bush Theatre/UK Tour). Her film work includes: Emmeline (short) winner of BFI Future Film Award for Best Fiction.

The versatile cast features Leah Brotherhead (Netflix’s Bridgerton/ITV’s Zomboat!), Mae Munuo (the Unicorn’s Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost/Complicite’s I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole), Sam Swann (Skellig/ITV’s Mr Selfridge) and Jacoba Williams (The Globe’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Vaults Festival’s When The Sea Swallows Us Whole).

Gulliver’s Travels is designed by Rosanna Vize and composed and sound designed by Ben and Max Ringham, with lighting by Jess Bernberg and video by Jack Phelan.

Gulliver’s Travels is a family show and suitable for everyone aged 7 and over.

Running Time: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Captioned performance: Sunday, April 26 at 2pm.

Relaxed performances: Wednesday, April 15 at 2pm and Wednesday, April 29 at 11am.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7645 0560 or visit www.unicorntheatre.com/.

Also at the Unicorn Theatre (Clore Theatre): Wild (March 17 to May 3, 2020).