“The most perceptive character in a play is the fool, because the man who wishes to seem simple cannot possibly be a simpleton.”
Creation enthusiasts will be pleased to hear we are planning the return of the team who brought you 1984 (‘doubleplusgood’ attendance ‘unoptional’ anything else is a ‘thoughtcrime’ – Oxford Times ) and Brave New World (as mindblowing as the ‘Soma’ drug trips with which the characters self-medicate – Oxford Mail).
Our Don Quixote, adapted and directed by Jonathan Holloway, will remain faithful to Cervantes’ beautiful paean to growing old while simultaneously re-fashioning it as a fable for our times. A Honda 50cc moped represents a noble steed, a folding Formica topped camping table accommodates a great feast, the woman in accounts handing out the P45s stands-in as Dom’s unattainable beauty, Dulcinea del Toboso.
Act 1 introduces us to Sam (Sancho Panza) and Dom (Don Quixote) – two sprightly fellows from differing backgrounds brought together by circumstance who decide to kit out an ancient motor home and go on the road trip of a lifetime on the A40 from Oxford to the fabled uttermost west of ancient lore – Fishguard. Everything we hope for from one of literature’s most beloved accounts of the human condition is here – reflection, revived ambition, celebration of ages past, bemusement at the way the world turns, and romance! Act 2 takes us to a second location, five years down the road of what has become a loving relationship wherein Dom, increasingly lost in confusion and completely believing they are the ancient noble duo of Cervantes’ original, is dependent on his devoted carer, Sam. Sometimes almost unbearably moving, our evening of ghosts and dreams celebrates the need not to ‘go gently into that good night’. Jokes, heroics and tears.
The running time is approximately 2 1/2 hours including a 20 minute interval.
Performances Tuesday – Saturday 23 August – 28 September, 7:30pm.
The Covered Market