Robinson Crusoe + Friday

Suitable for ages 5+
Adapted by Colin Heath
2017 Jessie Richardson Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance by William Ford Hopkins

"No man is an island unto himself"

An English sailor, shipwrecked on a remote island, works against all odds to survive alone for 25 years. Until one day, he rescues an islander from cannibals and the two develop a remarkable friendship. Adapted from the classic novel by Daniel Defoe, this imaginative retelling emphasizes communication, embracing cultural differences and empathy. Set sail with Crusoe and Friday on an adventure full of comedic miscommunication, history and heart! 

2018 cross Canada tour (book soon to avoid disappointment)

This play has toured across Canada, to the United States, Singapore and Malaysia. Axis Theatre was thrilled to bring our reimagined version of this award-winning production to BC schools in the fall of 2016. Booking now for interest in the 2017-18 season. Please contact the Tour Coordinator by email at or call 604 669 0631 for more information.

Study Guide

The study guide will help prepare your students for the live theatre performance and use the performance to enhance your arts curriculum in the classroom. DOWNLOAD [PDF]

Technical Information

THEATRE: Please review the requirements for booking Robinson Crusoe and Friday at your theatre. DOWNLOAD [PDF]

SCHOOLS: Please review the requirements for booking Robinson Crusoe and Friday  at your school. DOWNLOAD [PDF]

Media Downloads

Get high resolution photos to promote the performance at your location. DOWNLOAD [DROPBOX]

Photos by Tim Matheson. Shown in order: Sarah Roa as Friday, William Ford Hopkins as Robinson Crusoe

“Really Exceptional

“One of the best performances I've seen! Really exceptional and I loved the story choice."

— Alexander Elementary, Abbotsford, BC

“Worked Beautifully

The imagination and detail in the set design worked beautifully with the enthusiasm and vigour of the actors to capture the children’s attention."

— False Creek Elementary, Vancouver, BC

“Lots of Laughing!

The students were fully engaged and found it comical – lots of laughing!"

— Pinetree Way Elementary, Vancouver, BC

Booking now for the 2017–2018 season

Stay tuned for touring information for next season!  In the mean time, if you have any questions, please contact the Tour Coordinator by email at or call 604 669 0631.