We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea
Original by Arthur Ransome
Adapted by Nick Wood
Father is away and mother brings Roger, John, Susan and Titty to stay at Pin Mill where they can spend the summer messing about in boats. Their adventure begins when they go out with Jim on his boat Goblin. But disaster strikes when the boat is becalmed and Jim goes ashore to fetch petrol. Fog descends over the Harwich estuary and, as the tide turns, the boat begins to drift away …
“There is a nice sense of period about these kids coping on their own under extraordinary, but quite believable circumstances, lisle pullovers and plimsolls at the ready but the human anguish between them is universal and timeless, although there are lots of laughs on the way, too. Highly recommended.” The Stage
About the author
Nick Wood was an actor, a freelance journalist, and a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. Commissions include: Radio 4, Derby Theatre, Eastern Angles, Thalia Theatre Hamburg, Action Transport, The Drum, Plymouth, Theatr Iolo, Hans Otto Theater Potsdam, Jumper Up Theatre, and Nottingham Playhouse. Plays include: Warrior Square, Mia, A Dream of White Horses, My Name is Stephen Luckwell, The Children of the Crown, and About A Band. His plays have been translated into several languages and performed in France, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, Albania, Croatia, Serbia, Poland, Denmark, Montenegro, Russia, Switzerland, and South Korea. With Andrew Breakwell he started New Theatre Nottingham and recently returned to acting touring his new one-man play A Girl With A Book. Currently there are twelve productions of A Girl With A Book by companies in Denmark, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
In June 2016 Eastern Angles revived their production of his adaptation of We Didn’t Mean to Go To Sea and in September his adaptation of Mick Jackson’s The Underground Man opens at Nottingham Playhouse before a UK tour, and also in the autumn Getting Better Slowly, a play involving dance and verbatim theatre about Guillaine Barre Syndrome will open its tour at the Lincoln Drill Hall.
Arthur Ransome is best-known for Swallows and Amazons and the series of books he wrote about a family holidaying in the Norfolk Broads where they enjoy camping, fishing and sailing. They became modern classics and have been translated into many languages.
He won the first Carnegie Medal for Literature in 1936 for Pigeon Post, whilst also working as a journalist on The Manchester Guardian. He later compiled a book of Russian folklore titled Old Peter’s Russian Tales.