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01 May 2013

Moby Dick at Arcola Theatre encompasses life, love and humour

“THERE are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke,” wrote Herman Melville in his famous 1851 novel ‘Moby Dick’.

A new theatre production in Hackney successfully captures this sentiment on stage, distilling the 500-page book into a two-hour performance that encompasses life, love, the universe and – importantly – humour.

This version premiered at the Arcola Theatre in March, as the critically celebrated Simple8 collective returned to the Dalston arts hub for the third time.

In keeping with its record of vibrant, innovative and ambitious theatre, this adaptation of ‘Moby Dick’ has again seen Simple8 receive due credit for an astoundingly original production.

Embellishing the narrative with a lively, moving musical score, the play manages to reproduce all the pathos, intensity and wisdom of the story with good doses of comedy and vigour.

The stage direction reflects Simple8's trademark creativity and rivals the performances by its acclaimed cast for charm and candour.

Combining the best of minimalism and complexity, the company's latest production makes tackling one of literature's most challenging classics indeed, look simple.

Moby Dick will play at Arcola Theatre until 4 May. For more details and bookings, phone: 020 7503 1645; or click here.

Moby Dick plays at Arcola Theatre until 4 May

Moby Dick plays at Arcola Theatre until 4 May

Moby Dick plays at Arcola Theatre until 4 May

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