the end of 2018, here’s a few of Love London Love Culture’s favourite shows of the year….
The Wider Earth, the critically-acclaimed drama about a young Charles Darwin’s expedition on HMS Beagle, has extended its run at the Jerwood Gallery at London’s Natural History Museum and will now play until 24 February 2019.
You couldn’t ask for a much more perfect show for me than The Wider Earth. Puppets? Yes. Evolution? Yes. Natural History Museum? Yes.
Written and directed by David Morton, The Wider Earth looks at the early years of Charles Darwin and how a fateful voyage to the Southern Hemisphere became the catalyst for On the Origin of Species.
“Small details, carefully recorded” is the instruction a beloved tutor gives to the young Charles Darwin early in this play, and just as Darwin eventually produces something transcendent from this method, so too does The Wider Earth.
Natural history comes alive in spectacular fashion in The Wider Earth – and appropriately enough, it does so in a custom-built theatre at London’s Natural History Museum.
The Wider Earth is a fun-filled adventure for all the family, lifting the lid on a lesser known part of the life of Charles Darwin – the puppetry is simply extraordinary.
Unassumingly spectacular, The Wider Earth is unwhimsically playful, it is an affecting, respectful, important story of a green young man who kept his eyes open and endured seasickness and doubt and discomfort and danger.
This thoughtful and imaginative production of The Wider Earth encourages us all to appreciate the natural world and Charles Darwin’s innovative ideas about evolution.
The Wider Earth is billed as one of the theatre events of the year – and, on this occasion, that’s no exaggeration. What a privilege for me to play a small part in helping to launch this spectacular and historic production, by chairing the production’s first post-show Q&A.
It honestly doesn’t let up. At all. After an Edinburgh-focused August, and a ‘keep myself busy at all costs’ September (mostly to avoid the hell that is rush hour transport), October has rolled in, bursting at the seams because there is too much to do.
First announced back in July, David Morton’s play The Wider Earth about Charles Darwin will be settling in at the Natural History Museum at the beginning of next month in a brand new theatre space on site.
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Tuesday 9 October 2018, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will quiz the creators (and the puppets?) behind one of the biggest theatrical events of the year, the European premiere of The Wider Earth at the Natural History Museum? Unmissable insights guaranteed! Got any questions?
Ian Houghton spoke to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about bringing The Wider Earth to London’s Natural History Museum from 2 October 2018.
Trish Wadley Productions and Dead Puppet Society are creating a 357-seat traditional performance theatre in the Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum to host the European premiere of the award-winning Darwin drama, The Wider Earth.