Touching the Void – Adapted from Joe Simpson's terrifying book
When the World Premiere of this splendid play from the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate & Fuel was first staged it caused a stir. Now Touching the Void, based on Joe Simpson's fantastic book and adapted by David Greig, is heading for the Duke of York's theatre in late 2019.
Joe Simpson's memoir is called Touching the Void, and it's an international bestseller. The film won a BAFTA. So what's the story? Life can deal you an amazing hand. When it happens to you, do you play it slow and steady, bluff like mad and hope for the best, or just go for it? When you look death right in the face, do you have the strength it takes to choose life? This fantastic piece of stage entertainment charts Joe's massive struggle for survival on the terrifying Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes, way back in 1985, and it's an incredible tale.
If you think you'll enjoy a complex, intelligent exploration of one man's mental battle as he teeters on the edge of death, this is for you. If you love a story where hope triumphs over despair, here you are. This is what happens when one man finds himself trapped in a crevasse from which he can't escape. But there's more. Joe isn't alone. Simon Yates, his friend, is also out there, balancing on a lethally unstable snow cliff, being thrown around by massive winds and totally desperate to rescue his mate.
While Joe Simpson dangles from a rope far below their strength fails, the risk of falling to their deaths steadily increases, and a massive storm threatens their lives. Simon has to decide whether to cut the rope and risk Joe's life. Does he do it?
This fantastic adaptation is down to the Lyceum theatre's Artistic Director David Greig, an award-winning writer in his own right. This is the first stage adaptation of this super-tense adventure, a play that's really rich in psychodrama and a masterpiece of sheer, tense suspense. And the Artistic Director of the Bristol Old Vic, Tom Morris, directs in his usual visionary way. Result!
The cast includes Fiona Hampton as Sarah, Edward Hayter as Simon, Patrick McNamee as Richard and Josh Williams as Joe, and the creative team comprises the Designer Ti Green, Lighting Designer Chris Davey, the Composer & Sound Designer Jon Nicholls, the Movement Director Sasha Milavic Davies and the Casting and the Assistant Director Evan Lordan.
Who is this show for?
Because it contains frequent strong language and depictions of injury and death, this show is for adults only. We recommend it for people aged 15 or more.