In 1719 Daniel Defoe published Robinson Crusoe, the fake diary of a shipwrecked adventurer who spent 27 years alone on a remote island. It was the first novel in English. In its tricentennial year, Give It A Name re-examines this iconic tale as a hypnotic evocation of solitude; delving deep into the fantasy of the island, the violence of colonisation and the act of reading.
A young woman, Bianca, shipwrecked by the modern world, dulls her loneliness by escaping into the pages of a 300 year-old book: exchanging her ready meals, her empty flat and an ocean filled with plastic for the Island of Speranza, where Robinson, alone and lost in the glittering pristine Pacific, tries to stay sane.
Incorporating text from both Defoe and Michel Tournier’s 1968 reworking (Friday, or the Other Island), Robinson: The Other Island is part stage show, part radio play, part Autonomous sensory meridian response experience. Using innovative binaural sound, this production has been 3 years in the making, and involves the participation of local book clubs. Developed for adult audiences.
[Image: A man made of sound waves stood on an island horizon]