Terry Jones’ original story is set in Venice and it takes it’s eponymous hero on a journey to magical lands of mountains, deserts, palaces and eventually to the Land of Dragons. After my first reading of the text, the idea of a Venetian bridge which comes apart and moves to create all the different locations began to form. The book tells us the Rialto Bridge is made of wood which takes us back to the early 16th century and an inspiring time in the history of art and Venice which heavily influenced the costume design.
A few simple set additions help tell the story but the simple bridge structure has countless ways of being positioned to form different environments, transformed with lights and vivid, sculptural costumes.
This was a co-production between Dumbwise and Red Ladder which opened at Lost Theatre, London, Christmas, 2014 and tours 2015.