I did not get nearly enough of HighTide during my weekend at the Suffolk festival earlier this month, so now I get to host another Q&A for this acclaimed new play by Elinor Cook, which premiered at HighTide and now transfers to London’s Yard Theatre and Theatr Clwyd Cymru, care of Vicky Graham Productions.
“Provocative… thoughtful and quietly poetic”
Sam Marlowe, The Times
“Pilgrims is playwriting at its peak” – Matt Trueman
“You just want to stick flags on virgin territory and claim it as your own”
Dan and Will climb mountains. Aged 18, they climbed Everest. Their pictures were in the national papers. They were legends. Rachel studies folklore. She’s writing a PhD about men like Dan and Will, their impulse to climb, to overcome, to claim.
Rachel isn’t interested in being a character in Dan’s story. She intends to make her own. But with the thrill of a climb just days away, it’s not just principles, but people, in danger.
Pilgrims is a play about friendship, betrayal, and man’s desire to conquer the world. It’s written by Elinor Cook, winner of the 2013 George Devine Award, whose other plays include Ten Weeks, The Girl’s Guide to Saving the World, Greek Tragedy, Image of an Unknown Young Woman and This Is Where We Got to When You Came In.
Pilgrims is directed by Tamara Harvey and stars Amanda Wilkin, Jack Monaghan and Steffan Donnelly.
For the post-show Q&A on Monday 26 September, I’ll be joined by the cast, the writer Elinor Cook and producer Vicky Graham.