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Robinson: The Other Island lands at Chapter on 9th May before setting sail on tour across Wales.     

Robinson: The Other Island lands at Chapter on 9th May before setting sail on tour across Wales. In 1719 Daniel Defoe published Robinson Crusoe, the fake diary of a shipwrecked adventurer who spent 27 years alone on a remote island. It was the first novel in English. In its tricentennial year, Give It A Name re- examine this iconic tale as a hypnotic evocation of solitude; delving deep into the fantasy of the island, the violence of colonisation and the act of reading.
-based version of Les Misérables, Mathilde López will direct Luciana Trapman and John Rowley in this technically complex adaptation of Daniel
Robinson Crusoe
tale, Friday, Or, The Other Island.
A young black woman, Bianca (Trapman), shipwrecked by the modern world, dulls her loneliness by escaping into the pages of a 300 year-old book: exchanging her ready meals, her empty flat and an ocean filled with plastic for the Island of Speranza, where middle-aged white man Robinson (Rowley), alone and lost in the glittering pristine Pacific, tries to stay sane. Eventually, through the act of reading, she enters the island and the mind of Robinson and, as readers do, becomes him.
The production has been 3 years in the making. Whilst Robinson Crusoe is often performed as a pantomime in the UK, this production has been developed with adult audiences in mind.
At each touring location (Cardiff, Swansea, Caernarfon and Carmarthen), the company will be working with local book groups to make the act of reading an essential part of the show and to root each performance in
Audience members will wear headphones throughout the performance
innovative binaural sound. Binaural sound technology allows the creation of immersive spatial audio experiences for headphone listeners. These techniques simulate the hearing cues created by acoustic interaction between our bodies and the environment around us. Audio signals are filtered to introduce these cues and give the impression that a sound source is located outside of the head at a given location in space.

The performers will be using microphones which record their dialogue from within their ears, allowing audiences to literally get inside their heads, giving a more exciting and immersive listening experience than in a traditional theatre environment.
It is this desire for innovation that takes the production beyond simple stage play; the company describe it as part radio play, part stage play, part immersive ASMR experience.
ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) is a calming, pleasurable feeling often accompanied by a
the limbs) in response to stimulation. The stimuli that trigger ASMR vary from person to person. Some of the
only has to search ASMR on youtube to discover how this is a growing trend in popular culture on the same scale as slime videos and Fortnite dances.
Give It A Name was formed in 2007 in Cardiff; it is made up of an evolving group of collaborators with backgrounds in theatre, animation, music, and games design. The company approaches each project as a band would approach a new album. They make work for audiences whether they be in nightclubs, on street corners, in back alleys, in headphones, on the internet, or in theatres. Their work is politically and socially engaged, located, immersive and playful; whether it be an immersive spy thriller (My Life in CIA), a SKA- based musical (Rude), a cross-border real-life internet crossover (Bordergame) or an unsettling nightclub- based reimagining of a classic novel (Heart of Darkness).
Artistic Director of Give It A Name, John Norton has an international reputation and track record in conceiving
Bordergame in 2014, an award created by BBC Writersroom and The Space to recognise innovation and explore the concept of original digital theatre.
Norton explains his intentions for the piece:
Every production begins with a seed: a recording, a book, a story, a person, a provocation, an image, a play. Our Robinson is an exploration of solitude and the act of reading. Robinson Crusoe was alone on an island for 27 years. Solitude is a growing problem in contemporary society and reading is a solitary act.

Exploring the original text through the lens of Bianca, a female black character, allows us to shine a light on the ugly, violent patriarchal colonisation that the novel
We have been developing the idea for this piece since an initial proof of concept research and development at Chapter in December in 2015, followed by a test performance at Arnolfini in Bristol in 2017, then a script development period in 2018.
During this last R&D we redeveloped the script, shifting the casting to address the underlying context of colonialism. We worked through the structure of the text and the soundscape that we wanted to achieve with award-winning BBC Radio Drama producer James Robinson. We also worked with a visually impaired consultant Chloe Phillips: sound is very much at the heart of this piece and we are working to make it as accessible for blind and visually impaired audiences as it is for sighted audiences
Robinson: The Other Island is at Chapter, Cardiff from 9-18th May, Volcano, Swansea 23-25th May, Galeri, Caernarfon 13th June and University of Wales Trinity St David Carmarthen 15-16th June. Booking information can be found at
The production team for the show is Mathilde López (director), Jack Drewry and John Norton (sound design), Ben Pacey (scenography), Angharad Evans (lighting design) and George Soave (co-producer). Give It A Name acknowledges the support of the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery, Chapter, Bristol Old Vic Ferment and Wales Millennium Centre in bringing Robinson: The Other Island to the stage.
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Stella Patrick
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