VENUS & ADONIS

CLF Art Cafe, Peckham

Dec. 2019

a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's epic poem, Venus & Adonis with madrigals from Monteverdi's lost opera, Arianna

bold, absurd and energetic

Director  

Musical Director 

Producer

Lighting  

Costume & Set

Assistant Director

Venus / Ness 

Adonis / Aiden

Titan / Head Butcher 

Graces / Ensemble

Sam Rayner

Frederick Waxman

Frances Livesey

Catja Hamilton

Nik Corrall

Talia Stern

Celia Learmonth

Hylton West

Charlie Merriman

Rosalind Dobson

Camilla Seale

Angus Bower-Brown

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

nuanced

moving

fast-paced

bleak

dexterous

intense

visceral

carnivalesque

audience reactions

'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

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