This family friendly, one-man show is an adaptation of the poem by the same name, written by Alfred Lord Tennyson. The story is based on the true 18th century account of an English Sailor stranded on a deserted island. The premise is that Enoch has lived a charmed life. He marries his childhood sweetheart and life progresses well. However the birth of his 3rd child, a sickly one, appears to portend his changing circumstances. After a disabling injury he is offered to work on a vessel bound for China. An uneventful passage is eclipsed by a stormy return that leaves him stranded for 12 years. Eventually, he is fortunate to be found and returned to his homeland and family. The goal of return to his wife and brethren has sustained him, and his wife, during his years of estrangement. However events at home have changed significantly and these have a life altering impact on Enoch.
Adapted and performed by Andrew White, the pace of the show is well-timed for the story. His female characterizations are much like your punchy Uncle Bob, offering his best female impersonation skills. However this play is endearing and reminiscent of a good story told while sitting around an outdoor campfire. Similar to most Fringe productions, minimal staging and props are used. However a clever background sound track and lighting do make this an experience both young and old can enjoy.
Running Time: 70 minutes.
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