The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C S Lewis, adapted by Glyn Robbins

Friday 8th, Saturday 9th, Monday 11th - Saturday 16th December 2017 at 7.45pm

Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th and Saturday 16th December 2017 at 2.30pm

Four years ago, in 2013 BLT began its recent tradition of presenting a spectacular seasonal offering for Christmas with the classic C.S. Lewis tale The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. This year I’m delighted to be directing our return to Narnia with the sequel The Voyage of The Dawn Treader!

Edmund and Lucy return to Narnia, now accompanied by their annoying cousin Eustace. There they join Prince Caspian, the brave fighting mouse Reepicheep and the crew of The Dawn Treader on a quest to find seven missing Narnian Nobles. Their journey takes them to lands where they are captured by evil slave traders, meet strange invisible creatures, a treasure cave guarded by a fearsome dragon and a mist that can drive people mad, amongst other adventures.

As is now usual for our Christmas shows, the play has been a challenge to stage with the various island settings to be created and the small matter of a large sea-going ship to be represented! Add to that magical creatures and effects including a huge dragon and you can see that all the stops have had to be pulled out!

Following some excellent auditions, I was able to select a fantastic cast to bring the piece to life and I was very lucky that Michael Williams and Laura Scobie were free to recreate the parts of Edmund and Lucy from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Joining them is Leigh Ward as Eustace, Joseph Bentley as Prince Caspian, Mimi Goddard as Reepicheep, Suzanne Buist as Captain Drinian and Josie Durand as Rynelf.

The cast also includes Gerry Wicks, Nikki Dunsford, Keziah Israel, Nick Barber, Dug Godfrey, Debbie Creissen, Rebecca Polling, Ros Caldwell, Esme Bird and new members Joanna McEwen and Alexis Quinn.

I was delighted that Michael James has been able to spare the time to compose some original music for the play and to MD a couple of songs! Although not strictly a part of the play we will be ending with a Christmas carol sung by cast and audience.

Stage management is shared between Steve Evans and Janet White, so the ship is in very safe hands! The set has been built and painted by the very talented Tom and Allison Williams.  Tom also built the excellent dragon’s head that sits at the front of the ship. Mimi and Kez have combined efforts to provide some amazing make-up. Wonderful costumes have been put together by Margaret Skeet, Eleanor Medhurst and Ann Atkins. Myles Locke has created the fantastic dragon costume and will also be operating lights and sound, which are being designed by the always brilliant Beverley Grover!

I must also give huge thanks to Tess Gill and Glenys Harries-Rees who steered the ship for a while whilst I took a short holiday!

So do come along for a bit of escapist fun to put you in the Christmas spirit!  It is suitable for both adults and children over about 6/7, although there are a few mildly scary scenes. And as usual the bar will be decorated for Christmas and the smell of mulled wine will suffuse the building!

Steven Adams

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader opens on Friday 8th December and runs through until Saturday 16th December (11 performances).  Tickets available in the usual ways, online here or via telephone on 0844 888 0432.