When impoverished pearl-diver Kino finds the ‘pearl of the world’ he believes his family’s life will be transformed forever. He dreams of finally marrying his sweetheart Joanna in a great church and sending their newborn son to school. However, seduced by the pearl’s beauty and promise of riches, he is blind to the danger of possessing something that everyone else wants. Instead of bringing hope, the pearl leads Kino and his family down a dark and dangerous path.
A timeless fable about the allure of greed, the confines of class, and the transforming power of love. It asks us to consider what we value most in the world.
Dumbshow bring John Steinbeck’s novel to life with their trademark visual inventiveness and playful theatricality.
The Pearl was at the Pleasance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, performed to critical and popular acclaim. The Pearl was picked as a Hot Show in The Scotsman and recommended by the Guardian’s Lyn Gardner.
The Pearl will be touring in Autumn 2014.
With Thanks To
The Pearl was first performed at the Rose Theatre in Kingston as part of the Creative Talent programme at IYAF 2012. We would like to thank Creative Youth and IYAF for making this new work possible and for their ongoing support.