A spectacular family production of Terry Pratchett’s “Nation” will be filmed live Saturday, Jan. 30 at the National Theatre in London and broadcast by satellite to cinemas worldwide including the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Adapted by Mark Ravenhill and directed by Melly Still, “Nation” is an exhilarating adventure story of survival and self-discovery featuring live music, dance and extraordinary puppets, suitable for ages 10 and older.

“Nation” follows the hugely successful broadcasts of “Phèdre” and “All’s Well That Ends Well.” “Nation” is set in a parallel world in 1860. Two teenagers, Mau and Daphne, are thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau’s village and left Daphne shipwrecked on his South Pacific island, thousands of miles from home. Mau wears next to nothing, Daphne a long white dress and neither speaks the other’s language; somehow, they must learn to survive.

As starving refugees gather, Daphne delivers a baby, milks a pig, brews beer and does battle with a mutineer. Mau fights cannibal raiders, discovers the world is round and questions the reality of his tribe’s fiercely patriarchal gods.  Together they come of age, overseen by a foul-mouthed parrot, as they discard old doctrine to forge a new nation.

Pratchett is one of the United Kingdom’s best-selling authors, whose work includes the “Discworld” series of 36 novels. In total, his books have sold more than 60 million copies in 37 languages. Pratchett has won numerous literary awards including the Carnegie Medal, and he was knighted in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List. “Nation” was published in 2008 and was long-listed for The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for 2009.

NT Live performances are filmed live at the National Theatre in high definition and broadcast via satellite to more than 330 cinemas and performing arts centers around the world, live in Europe and some American cities; and time-delayed in locations further afield. The performances at the National are nominated in advance to allow cameras greater freedom in the auditorium.

The National Theatre, founded in 1963  and established on the South Bank of the River Thames in London in 1976, has three theaters – the Olivier, the Lyttelton and the Cottesloe. It presents an eclectic mix of new plays and classics, with seven or eight productions in repertory at any one time.  The National aims constantly to re-energize the great traditions of the British stage and to expand the horizons of audiences and artists alike, aspiring to reflect in its repertoire the diversity of the nation’s culture. The next play in the NT Live season will be Alan Bennett’s new play “The Habit of Art” with Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour, to be transmitted live in April.

Tickets for the Strand’s 2 p.m. screening are $23, $10 for students, general admission. For tickets and more information, call the Strand at 594-0070 or visit rocklandstrand.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.