Friday, 4 December 2009

The Start of Something New

On Monday, as part of our team starts another week of Berlin 61 in Stuttgart, NIE will also be in London to start rehearsals for Around the World in 80 Days.

This project is quite long term, as we have a few other shows to make before this one gets a slot to develop further. But that doesn't stop us from at least playing around with the story for two weeks.

I would like get something clear first though:

There is no hot air balloon in Around the World in 80 Days.

A lot of people think there is, and David Niven is partly to blame for it.

A lot of people know this image, and after this film was made, a lot of productions (film or theatre) based themselves on the story of this film.
But read the book and you will be wasting your time searching for the hot air balloon.

So now that we've got that misconception out of the way, have a look at the journey:

Since we've undertaken quite a few big journeys over the years, and I've been presenting you with various maps, I couldn't deprive you of this one: a journey we didn't (yet) make ourselves.

Someone worked out that if you wanted to travel around the world overland now, it would take 42 days on this route:

Retracing the original route would be hard, because of unfinished train tracks, elephant rides and burning boats. Hard, but maybe not impossible.

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