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The Original Robinson Crusoe

Friday, April 9, 2010

Next weeks play 'Bear on a Chain', written by Sue Glover is about Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe.

David talks to Sue about the play, her love of the sea and her future projects.

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  1. marianna lines said;

    20 April 2010, 12:02 pm

    BEAR ON A CHAIN by Sue Glover

    SWASHBUCKLING !… That great seadog of all seadogs, Alexander Selkirk, of famed historic lineage to Fife, is the star of the show in Sue Glover’s new play, ‘Bear on a Chain’, which opened to packed houses and rave reviews in Glasgow last week at the Oran Mor West End’s popular ‘A Play, a pie and a pint’ series. Sue Glover, a well known, seasoned playwright from Anstruther, has given us another exciting, memorable and historically based drama, based on the true character model for Robinson Crusoe, the most famous shipwrecked story of all time. Selkirk was from Largo, and went to sea as a boy, hardly ever returning until his epic rescue from the South Sea island of Juan Fernandez 400 miles off the coast of Chile in 1709.
    Described as being ‘like a herring in a net, his eyes like scales’, the return of Selkirk to Largo brings more trouble to the family and the community, and a predictable story for this buccaneer. He is described by his lapsed love interest sister in law Meg – a perfect character of an East Neuk fish wife – as like a goat running around his island … or as the vulnerable maiden Sophie says .. “like a bear on a chain, cryin’ and ragin’, a bear in a circus”. So the hooligan dancing bear finds his welcome not as good as expected as he returns home to Fife, the gentleman of leisure, then leaves again with yet another wake of broken hearts and pain. This short play tells the story in a vibrant electrifying way, staged as theatre in the round in the Oran Mor space, with a brilliant cast led by Gavin Keane as Sandy Selkirk, Pauline Knowles as Meg, and Rebecca Elise as Sophie Bruce. Keane as Selkirk is the perfect young and fit swashbuckling ego ridden seaman who soon finds that Largo is a jail, not a refuge. The story of Selkirk has been studied and written about for generations, but true facts have never been agreed, so it lends itself well to a dramatic interpretation as Sue Glover has certainly given us in top form! Returning to the light of a sunny Glasgow afternoon following the noon time drama, it felt as though one were truly in the grip of a wee fishing community in the net of another time and place.

    Marianna Lines

  2. marianna lines said;

    20 April 2010, 12:03 pm

    I have just reviewed this play for The St Andrews (Fife) Citizen, and send it on to you in case it is not too late. Sorry that it must be! I could not get it done in time for last week, as I only saw the show on Wednesday and was not home to write until now. I loved it and hope to see more! thank you Oran mor and Play and Pint people and especially sue glover!

  3. admin said;

    20 April 2010, 12:06 pm

    Hi Marianna – Unfortunately is too late to win the bottle of Malt for Bear on a Chain, but thank you for your review! Glad you enjoyed the show and hope to see you again soon!

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