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Gulliver Returns

Running time: 1 hour no interval

Gulliver Returns

By Dan Coleman
After Jonathan Swift
Presented by Dawn State

A haunting new play exploring ideas loss, displacement and enduring love; inspired by Swift’s savage masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels into Several Remote Regions of the World.

Lil and Lem are trying to come to terms with a traumatic loss. In an attempt to escape his grief Lem has untethered himself from reality and turned himself into Swift’s unfortunate hero Lemuel Gulliver; a man on a mission to save humanity from itself. Starting tonight. Starting with us. So now Lil has her own mission of mercy to perform. No matter what the cost she must find a way to drag her broken husband out of his fantasy. She must find a way to bring him home.

Raging, tragic and magical, Gulliver Returns is the story of grieving couple lost in a contemporary world far stranger than anything Swift could have imagined. From the company behind the 2016 UK tour of The Man Who Would Be King.

Dawn State makes dynamic new work inspired by classic texts and forgotten stories. Our productions connect the most important social questions of today with the shared historical narratives of our past; inspired by the belief that theatre is at its most powerful and political when it taps into the universal myths and parables that connect us all.

Dramatic, tension-filled… and the company are already looking like a group of theatre-makers to watch out for” - The Stage on The Man Who Would Be King

Spellbindingly rich… this subtly beautiful production has its own enchantment, not to be forgotten” - Exeunt on The Wonderful Discovery of Witches

"A harrowing hour of intensity paired with excellent performances" **** The List
"Genuinely touching... Woven with nuance and depth" **** British Theatre Guide
"Exceptional writing and performances" **** Fringe Biscuit
"Serious stuff... Both actors are first rate" **** Bouquets and Brickbats

Make the most of your visit to the theatre with our two-course Pre-Show Supper in Matcham's Restaurant for just £13.90, or avoid the queues in the bar by booking a space in our exclusive VIP Directors' Lounge for only £12per person, including a complimentary drink.

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