The Wider Earth

The Wider Earth $14.99

David Morton

Published by Nick Hern Books

Large Mixed Cast
Originally performed in a dazzling state-of-the-art production with remarkable puppetry, the powerful story at the heart of The Wider Earth will inspire schools, colleges and amateur theatre companies to create simpler but no less spectacular stagings of their own

In 1831, Charles Darwin, a twenty-two-year-old aspiring naturalist, stepped on board HMS Beagle

Little did he realise that the voyage would last five years, changing not only his own life but also the history of the entire world

The Wider Earth brings this era-defining adventure to life, from traversing the dizzying heights of the Andes to diving into the depths of the Brazilian rainforest, through weathering the storms of Tierra del Fuego, to exploring the endless wonders of the Galápagos Islands

It's a coming-of-age story about science and faith of how one inquisitive young man asked a question of Mother Nature, and was set on course to discover the answer to one of the greatest mysteries of life on Earth

David Morton's play received its widely acclaimed premiere at Queensland Theatre in Australia in 2016, before transferring to the Natural History Museum, London, in October 2018

This edition includes 4 pages of colour production photos from the 2018 Sydney Festival and Sydney Opera House production


"A masterpiece" ~ Artshub

"A voyage of extraordinary theatrical discovery" ~ Sydney Morning Herald

"No praise could be too high for The Wider Earth" ~The Australian

Luminous ... a story about how the world was irrevocably changed, and how and why the strange longings for knowledge of a relatively simple but stubborn young man could change the world ... If I'd been taught science like this at school, I probably would have become a scientist too" ~ Daily Review

"A grand voyage that will take audiences to wondrous places they've never been to before ... an adventure full of wonder and magic. Not to be missed" ~ The Upcoming

"Has an epic quality a family-friendly account of Darwin's five-year voyage" ~ Evening Standard

"The Wider Earth brings the colourful and exciting world of Charles Darwin to life once again in a show that's going to bewitch experts and laymen alike" ~ Broadway World

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