“You may travel about while reclining at ease, and scan the countries of the world without going out of doors.”
Beijing, 1582. An Italian Jesuit presents the Emperor of China with a map as tall as a man and twice as wide, one of the first ever to show the whole world, old and new, East and West.
Anticipating the internet by four hundred years, two men – one thousands of miles from home, the other in a palace he would never leave – survey the world without taking a step. A journey through memory and imagination to discover whether home is a place or something we carry within ourselves.
Physical Theatre Company Tattooed Potato return to Blue Elephant Theatre with their work-in-progress production of The Son of Heaven, the Servant of God & the Map of the World. Their production of The Nightmare Dreamer ran at the Blue Elephant in June 2013 and in Washington in 2012. Praise for The Nightmare Dreamer included:
“Intriguing. Full of daring approaches, strong acting & bold imagery” Views from the Gods ★★★★
“This is fascinating and exciting physical theatre!” UK Theatre Network
“Imaginative, exciting and intelligent in equal measures” Public Reviews ★★★★
Director: John Michael MacDonald
Devising cast includes: Gerard Alvarez, Melissa Phillips, James Riccetto & Teele Uustani
Dates: Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 November
Post-show Discussion: Wednesday 12 November
Tickets: £6 (£5 conc. & £4 Southwark residents)
Early Bird Offer: £5 tickets available until 28 October