Omnibus Lists | Dan Coleman’s Top 5 Stage Adaptations

By July 12, 2018News

Dan Coleman from Dawn State Theatre Company brings Gulliver Returns to Omnibus Theatre this July as part of our mini-season of Edinburgh Previews.

The production rips up Swift’s savage masterpiece to tell the story of a grieving couple trying to put themselves back together in a world that’s tearing itself to pieces.

So who better to ask for some stage adaptation top picks? In no particular order, let’s do this!


War Horse

An obvious choice perhaps, but I think it’s a stunning adaptation and a real testimony to theatre’s ability to transport audiences to an imaginative space. A populist marvel that feels like it’s been made with real craft and devotion.

Don Quixote

I saw this version by Little Soldier at Edinburgh in 2014, and I was just blown away by it’s wit, irrevererence and heart. What I found really interesting was the way the play managed to be ‘about’ Don Quixote rather than just being a re-telling of the story. It was in conversation with the book rather than being a slave to it, and I think that’s something we’ve tried to do with Gulliver Returns.

Brief Encounter

I was lucky enough to assist Emma Rice a couple of times and her process of adapting and devising had a big influence on my approach to Dawn State. Brief Encounter is a magical piece of work and a rare example of a film-to-stage adaptation, which is something I think we’re going to see more and more of over the next few years.

The Hobbit

I have absolutely no idea who the company was, but I saw this at the Bristol Hippodrome when I was seven or eight and it blew my little mind. The spiders of Mirkwood are one of those theatrical images the will stay with me forever.

Mies Julie

Not strictly an adaptation, but Yael Farber‘s South African version of Strindberg‘s classic feels so utterly unlike the original that it pretty-much counts as one. For me it sits in a really interesting place between translation, adaptation and interpretation, and is the perfect example of how to breath new life into an old story. Bloody hell it was good.


Catch Dawn State Theatre Company’s Gulliver Returns at Omnibus Theatre for just £9 (£7 conc.) as part of our mini-season of Edinburgh Previews – grab your tickets HERE

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