A play about adventure, betrayal, and man’s impulse to conquer the world.
Dan and Will climb mountains. Aged eighteen, they climbed Everest. They became legends.
Rachel isn’t interested in being a character in Dan’s story. She intends to make her own. But with the thrill of a climb just days away, it’s not just principles, but people, in danger.
Elinor Cook’s play Pilgrims premiered at HighTide Festival 2016, in a co-production with HighTide, Theatr Clwyd and Vicky Graham Productions, directed by Tamara Harvey.
‘A gorgeous piece… layered and lyrical… Cook’s characters are beautifully drawn… Pilgrims isn’t just a protest about the way women get sidelined in stories – that men get to be heroes, and women, their prizes – it dares to suggest there’s a reason for that’
‘A honeycomb of delicately interlinked scenes that layer back and forth in time’
— Evening Standard
‘A theatrically exciting and free-flowing piece of narrative… an impressively detailed and suggestive example of contemporary new writing’
— The Arts Desk
‘A seriously smart new play… a restless piece of writing that keeps chipping away at itself, leaving sharp and glittering edges exposed’
— Time Out
‘Deft and witty… an eloquent cry of protest about the marginalisation of women in legend and story as well as life’
‘Thoughtful and quietly poetic. Investigating the gender imbalance in the narrative of history, [Pilgrims] constructs and then dismantles a classic love triangle’
— The Times