New David Greig play Found at Sea follows two 50-something men sailing to island
Play features work by Andrew Greig and singer Rachel Newton
David Greig is on an island, but his vista of the Manhattan skyline is a mile away from the deserted setting of his latest production, Found at Sea.
‘In the midst of life there’s a point where you have to cast off,’ he says, ‘and this is about what happens when we do; what processes we go through and what reflections we make.’
This series of poems written by Andrew Greig (no relation) follows two 50-something men as they set out on a sailing adventure to an uninhabited island near Orkney. Based on Greig’s own experience, the result is something akin to The Odyssey or The Tempest, as the men uncover the lives of two women who lived on the island before them.
Greig has emphasised musicality of Greig’s work by adding live music from folk singer Rachel Newton. ‘It’s quite a reflective show,’ he says, ‘but it also has that comedy that comes out of truthfulness.’
It’s an age-old tale, but Greig’s reading has given it a new direction. ‘Think of it like a road movie, but on the sea,’ he muses.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 19--Sat 23 Feb