Follow the journey of the Red Dragon, the Hector, and the Consent — the three ships that went on England’s first voyage to reach India.
On their way, the Commander's logs (now lost) state that the sailors performed Hamlet for the Temne people in Sierra Leone, and for each other, "which I permit to keep my people from idleness and unlawful games, or sleep". This is the focus of our original play, The Hamlet Voyage.
The Third Voyage of
the London East India Company (1607-10)
Was this early voyage of the East India Company, and this first performance of Shakespeare outside Europe, a simple case of trade and cultural exchange, or were there colonial intentions from the beginning? That is one of the questions our play explores.
Below you can go along the route they took and read entries from the diaries of the men aboard.