Integrated audio description throughout the performance.
Part of Bloomsbury Festival, Shakespeare’s extraordinary poem Venus and Adonis provides the inspiration for a compelling exploration of erotic power in States of Mind – a contemporary reimagining of the poem by Christopher Hunter.
Produced by Extant and starring visually impaired actors, Gillian Dean and Robin Paley Yorke .
Written during a plague epidemic that shut London’s theatres, Venus and Adonis was Shakespeare’s first published work and an instant bestseller. While the poem is primarily known for its erotic subject matter, theatre lies at its heart with its rich characterisations, vivid imagery and psychological truth.
Hunter’s play relocates the action of the poem into a clinical and highly charged contemporary setting, to explore the darker themes lying beneath the poem’s erotic veneer. The focus of the play is on its two characters, and their attempts to escape a cycle of coercion, lust, and love.
Running time: Approx 90 mins
Suitable for ages 16+
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Event image: A purple flower growing out of a white hospital bed, a splatter of red blood on its sheets. The background of the image is all black.