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.
NEXT PERFORMANCES: 31st October, 1st & 2nd November Tara Theatre, Earlsfield SW18 4ES Tickets available: www.tara-arts.com 020 8333 4457