New take on Tim’s survival comedy at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre

The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, by night. 084591a'in News         07/11/08     pic by Andrew Higgins
The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, by night. 084591a'in News 07/11/08 pic by Andrew Higgins
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The Stephen Joseph Theatre revives a hit comedy from the award-winning writer of Calendar Girls as its celebratory 60th summer season continues.

Tim Firth’s Neville’s Island was first shown at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round at Westwood in June 1992 and has since continued to be staged throughout the world.

It is being revived for the first time by the Stephen Joseph directed by the theatre’s associate director Henry Bell.

Four out-of-condition, middle-aged businessmen are sent off on a team building exercise in the Lake District where they succeed in being the first people ever to get shipwrecked on an island on Derwentwater.

Bound in fog, menaced by wildlife and cut off from the world, this obligatory middle-class exercise turns into a carnival of recriminations, French cricket and sausages. What should have been a bonding process for Gordon, Angus, Roy and Neville turns into a fight for survival.

Director Henry Bell said: “Tim Firth has a mastery of tone and Neville’s Island is very, very funny but it can really shock an audience too. It also deals with big ideas while observing the more mundane elements of human life.

“Together with the designer Lucy Weller, we are pushing towards an aesthetic which has never been seen before with this play.”

It runs from August 6 to August 27 (various dates).