Performances of the work, created and performed by Hugh Hughes and Sioned Rowlands, began Feb. 28. Presented by the English-based theatre company Hoipolloi, Hugh Hughes Productions and Paul Lucas Productions, Floating, according to press notes, is set in April 1982: "The Isle of Anglesey is hit by an earthquake, the Menai Bridge collapses and the island is torn from the mainland of Wales. Trapped on board is Hugh Hughes, desperate to escape and discover life outside his small island. Hugh and his collaborative partner Sioned Rowlands colorfully reconstruct the island’s journey across the Atlantic, up to the Arctic and beyond."
"When I first started telling the story of Anglesey floating away from the Welsh mainland," Hughes said in a statement, "a lot of people, especially those living on the island, thought I was making it up. As I continued to tell it and, over the years, collected evidence to prove that Anglesey went on this journey, people started to believe it was true. When Hoipolloi offered me the chance to turn the story into a show, I jumped at the opportunity. As we started to make theatre from the events and combine storytelling with some lecture-style presentation and show some slides and films it became clearer how true the story is."
The Barrow Street Theatre is located in Manhattan at 27 Barrow Street at Seventh Avenue. Remaining show times are March 1 and 2 at 8 PM and March 3 at 3 and 8 PM. Tickets, priced $22, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com.