Tim Firth’s Neville’s Island is a tale of bungling incompetence as four middle-aged, middle-managers find themselves lost while on a corporate team exercise, menaced by wildlife and cut off from modern civilisation on an island in the UK’s Lakes District. What should be a bonding process for Gordon, Angus, Roy and Neville turns into a muddy fight for survival. Bound by fog, the perfunctory middle-class activity turns into a carnival of recriminations, French cricket and sausages. What happens next is funnier than Lord of the Flies and scarier than Gilligan’s Island because when night settles in, strange things happen out in the wild, and what takes place on Neville’s Island that foggy November weekend, none of this particular team will ever forget…
According to the show’s Director, Michael Eustice, it is a story which audiences will not only enjoy but will largely be able to relate to as well.
“Having spent much of the last 17 years working in large corporates, I have been subjected to all-manner of excruciating team building activities,” states Michael. “I don’t think I’m alone in this and believe that audiences will strongly relate to the absurd turn of events that befall the hapless misadventures.”
Nominated in 1992 for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy, this comedic exploration of how relationships can be changed forever by a weekend away will run from Thursday June 20 until Saturday June 29 at The Arts Theatre in the city. It features four of Adelaide’s best local actors: Paul Davies, Nigel Tripodi, Thorin Cupit and Peter Smith, all well known in Adelaide theatre circles.
Adelaide Repertory Theatre presents Neville’s Island
Dates: 20 -29 June 2013
Venue: The Arts Theatre, 53 Angas Street, Adelaide
Tickets: $15.00 – $22.00
Bookings: Book online or phone 8212 5777