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Ship Of Fools

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About the Show Less...

A riotous and compelling exploration of how society deals with its outsiders.

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1492. Basel. In a flash of inspiration the town council summons the city’s ‘fools’. Outcasts, handicapped, homosexuals and subversives are herded onto a ship with neither sail nor oar and floated down the Rhine into permanent exile. Many centuries later in present day Britain, the government selects a group of long-term unemployed, bundles them onto a bus and drives them deep into the unknown to work for their dole.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 20/02/2007

Opening Night: 23/02/2007

Closing Night: 10/03/2007

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Cast & Creative


Lucy Briers, Sarah Corbett, Maggie O'Brien, Andrew Buchan


Director - Toby Frow

Producer - Theatre 503 and Strike Ensemble

Designer - Lucy Osborne

Author - Andrew Bovell

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