VENUS & ADONIS
CLF Art Cafe, Peckham
a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's epic poem, Venus & Adonis with madrigals from Monteverdi's lost opera, Arianna
bold, absurd and energetic
Costume & Set
Venus / Ness
Adonis / Aiden
Titan / Head Butcher
Graces / Ensemble
O, be advised! thou know'st not what it is
With javelin's point a churlish swine to gore,
Whose tushes never sheathed he whetteth still,
Like to a mortal butcher bent to kill.
Titan - Charlie Merriman
Classical Music Magazine
'any adaptation of this poem is going to have to reckon with the dazzling and mysterious ways that Shakespeare used colour.
We found the more we allowed colours into our rehearsal process, the more they helped us access the sensuous, giddy pleasures of the poem'
Angus Bower-Brown - dramaturg and ensemble member
O, learn to love; the lesson is but plain,
And once made perfect, never lost again.
Venus - Celia Learmonth