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The Landing!


In the spring of 2013, a small band of daredevils built an adventure of wild possibilities and instructive nonsense in Chicago, the City of Slithy Toves.

In the summer of 2014, this crew of curious creatures embarks on a new voyage to tell their tale at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!*

Hear their story! Meet the hunters! And for the love of Heaven - send help!

*barring Boojums, of course.

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The Landing!


In the spring of 2013, a small band of daredevils built an adventure of wild possibilities and instructive nonsense in Chicago, the City of Slithy Toves.

In the summer of 2014, this crew of curious creatures embarks on a new voyage to tell their tale at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!*

Hear their story! Meet the hunters! And for the love of Heaven - send help!

*barring Boojums, of course.

"Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,
As he landed his crew with care;
Supporting each man on top of the tide
By a finger entwined in his hair.

A rag-tag crew of would-be adventurers embark on a most fraught and perilous journey across the open sea to an uncharted land, driven by a common goal: to capture the elusive and mythical “Snark.”

Carroll’s silly rhymes become vivid visuals by the talented dozen.
— Katy Walsh, ChicagoNow

That company (taking their name from the tools with which the Snark hunters pursue their quarry) is headed to the world-famous Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August 2014 - to tell their tale (and have a few adventures of their own)!


...a jaw-droppingly creative piece of stagecraft, that most magical kind of theater that envelops us in artifice through a stupefyingly adept use of simple props, physicalization, and pure energy...
— Joy Campbell, Chicago Theatre Beat

An entirely original adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s 1874 nonsense poem, The Hunting of the Snark was devised collaboratively by the ensemble, tumbling out into a raucous, imaginative and fun-filled theatrical adventure perfect for audiences of all-ages. The premiere production, part of the 25th anniversary season of Chicago’s Strawdog Theatre Company, opened to glowing reviews and sold out performances.

"Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
That alone should encourage the crew.
Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
What I tell you three times is true."

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Our Tale!


Wherein we shall tell you our tale thus far - and no farther

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Our Tale!


Wherein we shall tell you our tale thus far - and no farther

They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care; They pursued it with forks and hope;
They threatened its life with a railway-share; They charmed it with smiles and soap.

Taking a cue from Caroll's alternately silly and sincere language, Forks and Hope's adaptation straddles the border between dress-up and existential adventure. A DIY aesthetic reigns as wooden spoons and old suitcases shape both improbable beasts and their equally improbable hunters. Imaginative use of lights and shadows, sounds, movement and silence create a world that is child's play ... except when it isn't.

Director Josh Sobel packs ample Carrollesque fancy into Strawdog Theatre Company’s 50-minute adaptation, his childlike 12-person cast embarking on spontaneous adventures and inventing ingenious images out of suitcases, bits of rope, and handheld lights.
— Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader
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The Crew!


The very model of mottled and motley crusaders!

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The Crew!


The very model of mottled and motley crusaders!

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Our Voyage!


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Our Voyage!


The Hunting of the Snark was my favorite show of the year, and a reminder of what people mean when they talk about the magic of theater. From the opening moments which transport the audience to the hold of ship on stormy seas, to a thrilling Bandersnatch chase, this is a company that remembers what can be done with intimate spaces and imaginative stagecraft.
— Chris Rathjen
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Help Us!


Our intrepid band of snark-seekers can't do it without YOU!

(The pound-sterling to smiles-and-soap exchange rate is not in our favor, according to our beamish Banker.)

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Help Us!


Our intrepid band of snark-seekers can't do it without YOU!

(The pound-sterling to smiles-and-soap exchange rate is not in our favor, according to our beamish Banker.)

Our expedition is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

What does that mean? It means if you donate via the button below, your generous gift to our cause will not only provide food, shelter and the most specialized snark-hunting forks available to the modern consumer, but also be fully tax-deductible*!

As added incentive, we have been authorized by the International Society of Snark Hunters to offer financial supporters of our Expedition myriad Tokens of Appreciation!

*Which, we're delighted to say, has made the Banker faint incalculably away!