17, 23 and 24th November 2018 at The Little Theatre by the Park, Chesham
This is a true story in which three Frenchmen travelled to the equator in 1735 in their quest to prove that the world was not round! On an epic journey they trekked through uncharted areas of the Amazon, had to climb 26 of the Andes mountains and lost two of their companions along the way – one of whom was murdered! Before they had even arrived at the equator their leader Louis Godin, spent almost all their funds on a lady he became infatuated with, consequently a lot of time was spent arguing at each other’s throats or not talking to each other at all. On the plus side of their expedition they did discover rubber for the first time, a cure for malaria and the need for a global measuring system which became the metre.
The play is essentially comic although there are some quite sad poignant moments too and most probably a song at the end. As this is set at a time of wigs, more wigs and tri-cornered hats, the comparable ages of the cast and characters are not that important. There will also be opportunities for junior members of both genders and it is my intention to have two or three people to play all the small roles between them with a simple change of hat or prop. There will be a certain nod towards the style of “The Assassins,” Andy Willment’s last play at the Little Theatre, so if you saw that you’ll have some idea of what to expect.
The main cast members are below (not including smaller speaking roles),
Louis Godin (1704–1760) – French mathematician
Pierre Bouguer (1698–1758) – French mathematician
Charles Marie de La Condamine (1701–1774) – French mathematician and physicist
Madam Godin – Louis’s Wife
Gouzzan – A Lady from the Caribbean
Seniergues (d:1739) – Medical expert and surgeon
Couplet (d:1736) – The youngest scientist on the expedition
Quechan Lady – Amazon Indian Lady
The Quechan Guide – A youthful person of either gender
A Very Religious Lady
Details on the read-through and audition to follow.