Moby Dick

Theatre (solo show)

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  • Assembly Rooms - Powder Room
  • 16:05
  • Aug 24
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Grist To the Mill Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 8 and above (8+)
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


'Call me Ishmael... Now it was some years ago – never mind how long precisely – that I did take it into my head to go on a whaling voyage...' To celebrate the bicentennial of Herman Melville's birth Ross Ericson (The Unknown Soldier, Gratiano) brings his classic tale to life in a stunning solo performance. 'Further testament to Ericson's growing magnificence as a modern playwright and performer' ***** ( on Gratiano). 'Powered by a magnificent solo performance from Ross Ericson' ***** (ThreeWeeks on The Unknown Soldier).

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  • Accessible entry: Situated on an astroturfed outdoor site.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Sue Tomlinson 88 days ago

Very impressive to be able to narrate a story for an hour but it lacked any excitement and I found it hard to stay interested Not one I would recommend with so many better shows around

Stu and Lesley 94 days ago

Unique acting and storytelling. Great adaptation of the novel.

Sean Davis 98 days ago

Moby Dick (***)
One actor assumes the mantel of Ishmael to narrate the whole of Moby Dick in one hour. The short script does a surprisingly good job of exploring both the characters and the core hunt of the book. It was a preview, so his fumbling over some lines is understandable, but somehow, the elaborate language gets in the way of the thrill of the adventure.

This was the 23rd most enjoyable of the 43 shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

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Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 89 days ago

“There she blows!”, about a mile or so ahead – it’s Moby Dick. Enter the frenetic, hunt for the great white whale.  Captain Ahab is set for vengeance, promising to chase the creature over all the sides of the Earth and round perdition’s flames before he gives up. On this...

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The Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 90 days ago

The play is a tribute to the bicentennial of Herman Melville's birth. Perhaps also to the fact that he may have done for the whale what “Jaws” did for the shark. The play focusses on obsession and the need to captain our own ship.
A good traditional telling of a whale of a tale.

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British Theatre Guide (3/5 stars) 92 days ago

Contrary to popular opinion, "Call me Ishmael", is not the first line of Moby Dick, and fittingly, is not the first line of Grist to the Mill's new adaptation of the book. Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville's birth, it's a fine time to revisit the hugely ambitious...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 99 days ago

A number of adaptations of Moby Dick or The Whale are at the Fringe this year, marking the bicentennial of Herman’s Melville’s birth. Ross Ericson of Grist to the Mill Productions is on stage delivering a solo show as Ishmael. Taking this novel to stage is a bold undertaking. It...

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