Cyrano on the Moon

Eileen Pollock at the Fringe Festival 2010

Lee Croftin

Written by Lee Croftin Published on 05.05.2010 17:12:11 (updated on 05.05.2010) Reading time: 2 minutes


Translated, Edited and Performed by
Eileen Pollock
Cyrano de Bergerac did exist, did have a big nose, was a swashbuckler but, aged 19, gave up the wenching in favour of philosophy, astronomy and mathematics. Coming back from the tavern one moonlit night, his proposal that the moon was a world just like ours, whose inhabitants no doubt thought of our world as their moon caused such an outburst of dismissive mirth in his fellows that he decided the only way to prove it was to go there.
This is a snatch – a soupcon! – a matchbox account of his fabulous and often very funny lunar expedition, how he gets there and what he finds: the ‘people’, their ‘languages’, (which, being a bright boy, he manages to pick up), their Utopian ideals and most extraordinary of all – futuristic inventions that pre-vision things not invented until many centuries later. One device bears an uncanny resenblance to the iPod!
The book, written in 1645, so challenged the orthodoxy of his day that it had to be passed surreptitiously from hand to hand, ‘undergroun’ fashion and wasn’t published until after his death.
Divadlo Na Pradle – Kavarna
Besedni 3
Mala Strana
Praha 1
28th May – 2nd June, 2010

Pragues eagerly awaited annual marathon of theatre, dance, comedy
and music from around the globe bursts to life on May 28th for 9 days.

The Prague Fringe Festival, now in its 9th year attracts a growing
band of visitors from overseas as well as being increasingly popular
with Czech audiences. The event creates a great international atmosphere
where those on holiday can mix with locals and enjoy an eclectic mix of
high quality and reasonably priced non-elitist theatrical

This exciting event offers 40 different shows with over 200
performances and is a mini and more manageable version of the mighty
world famous Edinburgh Fringe. Its cheaper too with tickets priced at
around a third cheaper than the Edinburgh shows.

All productions are in English, Czech or are non-verbal and are
programmed so that you can see up to 5 shows a day or dip in and out as
you please. Shows take place from the afternoon to late evening, most
last for an hour or so with time between to zip from venue to venue and
grab a bite to eat, or even pop back to your hotel for a freshen-up.

Full programme
on line and tickets on sale NOW. Come and join the Prague Fringe group

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