Live music, dance and puppetry will combine to bring to life the spectacular and surprising world of Terry Pratchett's NATION on the National Theatre stage. NATION is the third play in the pilot season of NT Live, the National's ground-breaking initiative which launched in June with the hugely successful broadcast of Phèdre with Helen Mirren, which was seen by 50,000 people in 19 countries around the globe. NT Live continues with a worldwide broadcast of the National's acclaimed production of NATION, based on a novel by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Mark Ravenhill, directed by Melly Still.
NATION tells the story of a parallel world, 1860. Two teenagers are thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau's village and left Daphne shipwrecked on his South Pacific island, thousands of miles from home. One wears next to nothing, the other a long white dress; neither speaks the other's language; somehow they must learn to survive. As starving refugees gather, Daphne delivers a baby, milks a pig, brews beer and does battle with a mutineer. Mau fights cannibal Raiders, discovers the world is round and questions the reality of his tribe's fiercely patriarchal gods. Together they come of age, overseen by a foul-mouthed parrot, as they discard old doctrine to forge a new Nation.
In the New York City area, screenings can be seen at Brooklyn Academy Of Music, Cinema Arts Centre, City Cinema 123, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts/NYU, Fairfield University (CT), Monmouth University (NJ) and the Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC).
Screenings can be seen on dozens of screens across the United States including Washington D.C., Hollywood, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, Daytona Beach, FL, Amherst, MA, St. Louis, MI, Reading, PA, Middlebury, VT, Brooklyn, NY, Newport, OR, Berkley, CA and many more.