A Peril of the Sea is Dr Krikler’s first play and colleagues in theatre studies as well as theatre director Robert Price helped hone and develop it.
Dr Krikler said: “It’s been a long, arduous process of writing and re-writing, having readings performed by professionals and taking on board criticism. It’s amazing how quickly you realise that you aren’t Shakespeare, Ibsen or Miller! Our playwrights Jonathan Lichtenstein and Liz Kuti and Caribbean literature and history expert Jak Peake provided invaluable advice, as did the Lubkinfinds Theatre Company, which has a close association with playwrights here.”
One of the challenges for Dr Krikler as a historian was to accept that minor inaccuracies are sometimes necessary.
“At an early stage the play had a workshop at RADA. The director taught me that it’s sometimes necessary to depart from the historical record to make a character work. The whole exercise has forced me to think about how, in a historical play, one has to sacrifice certain details and even elements of accuracy in order to convey the larger historical insights.”
‘A Peril of the Sea’ runs from 6-8 December at the Lakeside Theatre at our Colchester Campus, before moving to the Bloomsbury Theatre in London from 14-16 December.