The play is based on
two folk tales; one that is told wherever the Atlantic Ocean touches the
land; the other tale concerns a certain old fashioned recipe for dealing
Jack, a greedy
fisherman wishes to marry a mermaid, which he does by promising to allow
her to return to the sea one day. He breaks his promise and has to learn
the hard way that the silent generosity of the world around him is what
he has been depending on for so long.
Dog and String Theatre
have created their own version of what happens when the two
stories collide,describing it as "a sea story with depth" in which Jack
has to reconstruct his old attitudes and learn to treat the world with
respect. Jack is a rascal, but children will see that his bravado can be
turned into real courage when he has to come to terms with himself.
The One That Got Away is performed in a single setting, richly
atmospheric and full of the colours of the sea, with an original score
by the Czech composer, ARANOS.