I sang our wide country, the Caribbean sea
Like Philoctete’s wound, this language carries its cure.
Helen is pregnant, but doesn’t know who the father is. Desperate to impress her, Hector leaves his fishing community and moves to the big city, while Achille, heartbroken, is taken on a spiritual journey to his homeland. Meanwhile, Philoctete spends his days in the NO PAIN CAFE, longing for his ancient wound to heal.
Nobel Prize winning poet, Derek Walcott, reimagines the characters of Homer’s Iliad as fishermen on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Set against a backdrop of encroaching tourism and commercialism, this epic drama explores the community’s historical wounds of slavery and the redemptive power of culture and heritage.
Adapted and directed by Elayce Ismail (Nanjing, Shakespeare’s Globe), and developed with Paterson Joseph, Walcott’s masterpiece is beautifully re-imagined for the Gate.