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Tusitala - Teller of Tales
The Life and Writings of Robert Louis Stevenson
A Dramatised reading

  • First staged by the Mercators at the 2003 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • The script is available in two versions with running times of 75 minutes and 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Script and performing rights available from the author

Cast
The current script is configured for 8 readers (4m 4f) but numbers can be easily adapted to suit

Staging
Can be very adaptable. A row of chairs is all that is required. A lectern could be added with other furnishings to suit. Dramatic readings are particularly ideal for non-theatrical venues and as touring productions

Synopsis

Tusitala -Teller of Tales is devised to be staged as a rehearsed dramatised reading. The present script is configured for 8 performers (4 males & 4 females), the numbers available for its first performance at the 2003 Edinburgh festival Fringe. However, lines can be re-allocated to create flexible numbers, although I would suggest a minimum of 4 (2m, 2f).


Although scripts are used, performers should be confidently familiar with the text, and there are sequences that will work better without scripts. Most readers will find themselves quoting the words of the same friend or relative of RLS throughout the piece, giving the chance to develop character. Some readers will find an American accent advantageous.


Dramatised extracts include Treasure Island, A Child's Garden of Verses, An Inland Voyage, Thrawn Janet, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Kidnapped, and Weir of Hermiston.


Tusitala - Teller of Tales is a performance piece and, inevitably, a little "licence" has been taken for dramatic purposes. Stevenson's life was short, but very eventful, and a 75 minute piece can only give an "impression" of his life and writings. A longer version is also available with a playing time of 1 hour 45 minutes.