Billy Budd Sailor
by Martin Lewton from the novel by Herman Melville
“..riveting …. there isn’t a performance this intimate or surprising around”
Mark Shenton – The Stage
MUTINY, MURDER AND MALE DESIRE
In BILLY BUDD, SAILOR a young seaman is press-ganged from a trading-ship to serve on a warship, in 1797, during the war between Revolutionary France and Great Britain, shortly after the British Navy’s ‘Great Mutiny’ was brutally suppressed. Melville began by writing the ballad ‘Billy in the Darbies’ – and then worked and reworked the story until his death. Its closely-wrought themes of male companionship and frustrated desire reflect a lifelong obsession, partly resulting from his ship board experiences, but also deriving from his exceptionally deep and complex feelings for Nathaniel Hawthorne to whom he dedicated Moby Dick.
12 to 20 May 2018 in a bathroom in Sitges, Barcelona