Co-created and produced by Rumble Productions and Ghost River Theatre
Rumble teams up with Calgary’s Ghost River Theatre to bring you a dazzling and innovative new multimedia work that mediates on ambition and the artistry of deception.
In 1969 British entrepreneur and sailor Donald Crowhurst appeared poised to win the prestigious Golden Globe Race – a solo, non-stop, round the world sailing competition. As he neared the final leg, however, organizers suddenly lost all contact with him. His boat was found adrift in the mid-Atlantic two weeks later in sound condition, but with no sign of Crowhurst. Then they read his unsettling logs and an entirely new story emerged...
Rumble and Ghost River began the formal creation process with a laboratory workshop at the Pumphouse Theatre in Calgary (November - December 2011), during which the creative team set about to discover the aesthetic world in which the show would live. The team experimented with theatrical technique, image and text to eventually create a sketch of the first third of the play, which was presented to the public on December 17 and 18, 2011.
Phase two of development takes place June 25 – July 14, 2012 in our shared rehearsal space at PL1422. The team will build on the discoveries of the first workshop and sketch out the remainder of the show in preparation of a draft to rehearse ahead of the show’s premiere in December 2012.
The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst is slated to premiere December 13 – 22, 2012 at the Joyce Doolittle Theatre in Calgary, Alberta (Previews December 10 – 12). Vancouver performance dates will be announced in the near future.
Co-Directors: Stephen Drover and Eric Rose
Scripter/Performer: David van Belle (as Rodney Hallworth)
Performer: John Ullyatt (as Donald Crowhurst)
Performer: Alexa Devine (as Clare Crowhurst)
Set and Lighting Designer: John Webber
Sound Designer: Matthew Waddell
Video Designer: Deco Dawson (with Matthew Waddell)
Dramaturgical Intern: Lee Cookson
Intern: Andraea Sartison
The Vancouver workshop of The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst is made possible with the support of the British Columbia Arts Council Innovations program.