Plays Directory : Ship of Fools

Welcome to The Mandy Network Plays Directory.

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Andrew Bovell
  • Overview
    A complex piece, which refuses to offer up any easy answers when dealing with two parallel events. The first it the Swiss town of Basle’s casting out of all its fools and subversives onto a boat on the Rhine in 1492 “for their salvation”. The second, in modern day Britain, is an apparently progressive government initiative which sees a group of unemployed bussed out to the country to work for their dole.

    As the two stories gradually bleed into each other across time, Bovell creates a powerful examination of how societies treat their outsiders and an examination of our rights as citizens engaged by a social contract.

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