The Project

Worse Things Happen At Sea is a project which came out of an original concept by director Adam Dodd. Initially, it looked at conflating characters in Shakespeare, and creating a story around them. This story, titled Oberon Must Die, was suggested to be about the revolt of a Puck/Caliban character against his master Oberon/Prospero. The best laid plans of mice and men, however, are well known for ganging agley, and over time, this conflation of character led to the identification of a number of key archetypes, devices, plots and subplots all over Shakespeare, and the development of a romp (sorry, play) to incorporate as many of these as possible. This is what Worse Things Happen at Sea endeavours to be.

Inspiration has not only come from The Bard, however. We are pleased to acknowledge amongst our muses Tom Stoppard, The Goons, Monty Python, Blackadder, Terry Pratchett, Joss Whedon and a host of others. While the writing has generally been done by a small team, each member of the cast has taken ownership of their character and has had chances to take stick their oar in both in the general (identifying directions the character might go in) and the specific (altering and adjusting their dialogue) along the way. There have also been occasions where people have played “rock, paper, scissors” for ownership of particularly tasty lines. We’ve had a lot of fun doing this — we hope you will enjoy it too.