When impoverished pearl-diver Kino finds the ‘pearl of the world’ he believes his family’s life will be transformed forever. 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 wealth, the confines of class, and the redemptive power of love. The Pearl asks us to consider what we value most in the world.
Dumbshow adapt John Steinbeck’s classic novella for the stage; bringing it to life with their trademark visual inventiveness, original music and playful theatricality.
Following a popular and critically-acclaimed run at Edinburgh’s Pleasance Theatre in 2013, Dumbshow toured The Pearl nationwide with House in Autumn 2014 to 31 venues, and will be brining the show to London, Birmingham, Shropshire and Qatar in March 2015.
- 4LONDON Vault Festival, Pit Theatre 6.15pm
- 5LONDON Vault Festival, Pit Theatre 6.15pm
- 6LONDON Vault Festival, Pit Theatre 6.15pm
- 7LONDON Vault Festival, Pit Theatre 1.45pm, 6.15pm
- 8LONDON Vault Festival, Pit Theatre 1.45pm, 6.15pm
- 26SHROPSHIRE The Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch 7.30pm
- 27BIRMINGHAM MAC 8pm
The Pearl is touring with House in Autumn 2014.
What they say
★★★★ “A bric-a-brac masterpiece… real emotional heart… an imaginative joy to behold” — The Scotsman (Hot Show)
★★★★ “Subtly political and ultimately moving” — A Younger Theatre
★★★★★ “Beautifully crafted… a must-see” — The Public Reviews
Beyond the show – talks, discussions and workshops
We offer a number of opportunities for our audiences to further explore the themes and ideas in The Pearl, including a series of enhanced post-show talks. ‘Pearls of Wisdom’ invites interesting local speakers to share their thoughts around key themes of the play, such as notions of value. ‘Audience Book Clubs’ are tailored to groups who wish to discuss the book and play in conjunction, working with libraries, universities, book shops and book clubs. We also offer a variety of workshops for theatres, schools and universities.
Reflections on The Pearl
Director Michael Bryher explains what ignited his interest in staging The Pearl.
Nicola Cutcher considers what The Pearl suggests about the role of money in society.
With Thanks To
We are very grateful to House for helping us to produce our tour.
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.
Tour Dates 2014
- 18OXFORD Pegasus Theatre 7.30pm
- 19OXFORD Pegasus Theatre 7.30pm
- 22EXETER Bike Shed Theatre 7.30pm
- 25BRIDPORT Arts Centre 7.30pm
- 26DORCHESTER Arts Centre 8.00pm
- 27LYME REGIS The Marine Theatre 8.00pm
- 28LETCHWORTH St Francis’ Theatre 7.30pm
- 1BASINGSTOKE Central Studio 7.30pm
- 3FALMOUTH The Poly 8.00pm
- 4GRAMPOUND Community Hall
- 5MAIDSTONE Hazlitt Arts Centre 7.30pm
- 7NEW MILTON Forest Arts Centre 7.30pm
- 9HAVANT The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre 7.30pm
- 10BRISTOL Circomedia 7.30pm
- 11DIDCOT Cornerstone 8.00pm
- 14MAIDENHEAD Norden Farm Centre for the Arts 7.30pm
- 21LEIGHTON BUZZARD Theatre 8.00pm
- 22HEMEL HEMPSTEAD Old Town Hall 8.00pm
- 23COLCHESTER Lakeside Theatre 7.30pm
- 26GREENWICH Theatre 6.00pm
- 27GREENWICH Theatre 7.30pm
- 28BEDFORD The Place 7.30pm
- 30EASTLEIGH The Point 7.30pm
- 31COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre 7.15pm
- 1GUILDFORD Yvonne Arnaud (Mill Studio) 8.00pm
- 4NORWICH Playhouse 7.30pm
- 6HERTFORD Theatre 7.45pm
- 7DILWYN Cedar Hall 7.30pm
- 8ALL STRETTON Village Hill 7.30pm
- 13BALDOCK Fireside Festival 7.30pm
- 14BALDOCK Fireside Festival 2.30pm
- 18LONDON Battersea Arts Centre 7.30pm
- 19LONDON Battersea Arts Centre 7.30pm
- 20LONDON Battersea Arts Centre 7.30pm
- 21HALIFAX Square Chapel 8.00pm
- 23LEEDS The HUB 5.00pm