Under the Whaleback

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Oberon Books, Jun 18, 2012 - Drama - 64 pages

The life of Darrel Ascough, a Hull trawlerman, is played out in three acts in the crew's quarters of a distant water trawler: First, at sixteen, Darrel is a deckie learner on the Kingston Jet. Here he meets Hull's ‘one man circus’ Cassidy, and is introduced to his legacy.On the James Joyce, and as a young but skilled trawlerman, Darrel is the only survivor when the trawler capsizes when heavy with ice.In the final act, on the heritage museum ship the Arctic Kestrel, Darrel meets the confused and rootless youth Pat, and is forced to address the meaning of his legacy and his true heritage.

A powerful and moving story of fate, choices and men at work, Under the Whaleback premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in April 2003.

 

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The Kingston
The James Joyce
The Arctic Kestrel
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Richard Bean won the George Devine Award 2002, the Pearson Award for Best New Play 2002 and the Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play 2005. Oberon Books publishes his Plays One, Plays Two, Plays Three, England People Very Nice, The Big Fellah, The Heretic and versions of David Mamet's House of Games and Dion Boucicault's London Assurance. Richard Bean won the George Devine Award 2002, the Pearson Award for Best New Play 2002 and the Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play 2005. Oberon Books publishes his Plays One, Plays Two, Plays Three, England People Very Nice, The Big Fellah, The Heretic and versions of David Mamet's House of Games and Dion Boucicault's London Assurance.

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