Event Venus and Adonis
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Venue Beckett Theatre, Southbank, VIC
Umbrella Event Mind's Eye: Bell Shakespeare Research and Development Arm
First Date 11 April 2008
Last Date 4 May 2008
Dates Estimated No
Status Professional
World Premiere No
Description "In 1593 William Shakespeare has a hit on his hands. London is in the throes of the Black Death and the playhouses are all shut up, along with most else in the city. Now struggling to earn a living, young Will sets himself the task of rewriting Ovid's story of Venus and her lover Adonis, and the result is one of the most celebrated carnal poems of desire and death. In its day, it's said, Venus and Adonis was the reading of 'courtesans, lascivious nuns, adulterous housewives, or libidinous young girls' and the well-thumbed text of university students."
Description Source Production Company
Primary Genre Theatre - Spoken Word
Secondary Genre Poetry
Adaptation
Subjects Love
Relationships
Sexuality
Organisations
Contributors
Name Function Notes
Melissa Madden Gray Actor
Susan Prior Actor
Marion Potts Adaptor
Marion Potts Artistic Director
Andree Greenwell Composer
Anna Tregloan Designer
Marion Potts Director
Maryanne Lynch Dramaturg
Paul Jackson Lighting Designer
Ben Hauptmann Musician
David Hewitt Musician
Ryan Williams Musician
William Shakespeare Playwright
- Ovid Poet
David Franzke Sound Designer
Resources
Works
Text Nationality England
Production Nationality Australia
Further Information Cast with two female actors to focus on female sexuality. Adaptation of William Shakespeare's 1593 adaptation of Ovid's poem Metamorphoses.
Data Source
Source Description
Newspaper
Web Malthouse Theatre website
Programme
Event Identifier 76031