“Salvage the steam engine?
Any man who would attempt such a thing would need to be more than a hero…
He’d need to be a madman!”
A theatrical exploration of the writing process of a genius in exile.
Victor Hugo lived on the island of Guernsey as a political exile for 15 years.
The world-famous Romantic spins a yarn.
His adventure unfolds on the island , the French port of St Malo and the treacherous waters in between.
A young fisherman falls dangerously in love with a beautiful island girl. Her uncle, himself an intrepid seafarer, is the owner of a trading steam ship. Steam in the early 1800s is cutting edge. The vessel is wrecked on a remote reef under suspicious circumstances and our brave young fisherman sets out alone to salvage the all important machinery, the steam engine itself. If he succeeds he will return home to the promised hand of the girl he daren’t even talk to.
‘The Brainstorm is a clever and fast-paced tapestry of comedy, intrigue and tragedy…
…Patrick captures brilliantly the immense energy of Victor Hugo and the intense focus of his novel – one man’s super-heroics – his lonely quest to rescue a steam engine from a remote shipwreck …
The story is told with great gusto, the characters well defined and differentiated…
…the sense of duty Hugo feels in devoting himself to the ideal of liberty, his dogged persistence in remaining exiled and his sorrow at the effect of this on his beloved family, are fully brought home both in the allegory of the storyline and Patrick’s portrayal of the lonely but determined author himself…’
Chair, Victor Hugo in Guernsey Society.