Thursday, 2 May 2013

Love Is My Sin, Shakespeare's Sonnets adapted by Peter Brook, by NOT ME IT'S YOU, May 9-19, 2013

Some readers may be interested in this production I am directing in Melbourne with NOT ME IT'S YOU theatre company. It opened May 9 and runs until May 19.

Tickets are available at the door, even if the online booking page says "Closed". KH

Venue: La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday Street, Carlton VIC 3053

Tickets: $25 Full / $15 Concession

Season: May 9 to 19
Times:  Wed 6.30pm; Thurs 8.30pm; Fri 6.30pm; Sat 8.30pm; Sun 4pm. Extra matinee Sat May 18, 4.30pm
Bookings: or 03 9347 6142

Links to reviews:

29 Sonnets; a man and a woman; the vagaries of love; the cruelty of time; the strains of a cello

In 2007, renowned director, Peter Brook, staged Love Is My Sin at his Paris theatre, Theatre Des Bouffes du Nord, featuring Brook’s wife, Natasha Parry, and Bruce Myers. It was subsequently performed with Parry and Michael Pennington in the UK and US.

Brook adapts 29 Shakespeare sonnets into a duet that explores the anatomy of love, skilfully dividing the sonnets into an elegant, non-naturalistic, four-part sequence to illuminate the vagaries of relationships, love, separation, jealousy, forgiveness, and the changes wrought by Time.

In Love is My Sin, the audience weaves its own narrative as a man and a woman speak Shakespeare’s evocative poetry, elucidating thoughts and feelings about the past and present, age and youth. Characters are unnamed, their narrative non-specific, but Shakespeare’s language tells a story with passion, truth and lyrical beauty.

The fluid stream of reverie and reminiscences is punctuated and underscored with live cello, featuring excerpts from Bach’s Cello Suites, and is performed in a minimalist design that allows us to dream our own story of love.

“An elegantly fascinating study in the vagaries of human relationships.” Michael Billington, The Guardian, 2011

“It leaves behind a haunting after image of the struggle to make evanescent things…defy life’s inevitable endings.” Charles Isherwood, 2010 NY Times
Kate Herbert is a Melbourne-based director, reviewer, playwright, performer and lecturer in performing arts and writing. Jenny Lovell has performed on stage, screen and TV for 20 years and Geoff Wallis is an actor, writer and creator of performance. Both have extensive experience performing Shakespeare. Helen Barclay is a Melbourne-based cellist.

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