The Story of Books
2-10 August (not 5th) | 13:15, 15:15 & 17:15
11 August | 13:15 only
An immersive audio experience and installation based on the play by Owen Sheers about the life and work of WW2 poet Keith Douglas.
Unicorns, Almost tells the life story of Keith Douglas from his early childhood, to his fighting in the Western desert as a tank commander, accelerated education as a poet to his early death three days after the D-Day landings in Normandy at age 24. It is the story of one man’s Faustian pact with a war, which would both gift his unique and penetrating poetic voice, but then also take it away.
Directed by John Retallack. Sound design by Jon Nicholls. Exhibition design by Leslie Oschmann. Voice of Dan Krikler as Keith Douglas.
Following the audio performance, the audience is free to explore the installation for up to 45 minutes.
13-25 August (not 11th or 19th) | 13:15
A one man play by Owen Sheers, directed by John Retallack, about the life and work of WWII poet Keith Douglas.
Let an immersive set and Dan Krikler’s ‘wonderful performance’ (Margaret Atwood) take you into Douglas’ world, from childhood through four engagements to fighting in the Western desert and his death three days after D-Day aged 24.
This is the story of the accelerated development of a poet and his desperate race to see his words in print before time runs out.
Following the performance, the audience is free to explore the installation for up to 45 minutes.