A Christian Turn’d Turk – Videos and Materials


Robert Daborne’s A Christian Turn’d Turk is an early modern English play, thought to have been written and staged in 1612.

A Christian Turn’d Turk chronicles the adventures and misadventures of John Ward, a real historical figure who was both celebrated and vilified in ballads and pamphlets. Ward was an English sailor who became a notorious pirate, then shifted allegiance to the Ottoman Empire and converted to Islam. The play dramatizes his (real) conversion and its (fictionalized) results, intermingling issues of religion, nationality, gender, conversion, and identity, amid a convoluted plot full of piracy, naval battles, political intrigue, seduction, betrayal, and murder.

Ward, Gallop, Sares, Dansiker

This production was directed by Noam Lior and staged by the CRRS, Poculi Ludique Societas, and the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies in the spring of 2012, as part of the conference Early Modern Migrations: Exiles, Expulsion, and Religious Refugees 1400-1700.

Video of the performance of A Christian Turn’d Turk:

Video of plenary talk by Dan Vitkus, and presentation by Noam Lior, introduced by Marjorie Rubright:

Gallery: Production Photos

A Christian Turn’d Turk play program and insert

A Christian Turn’d Turk – production script (modernized text)