Venus & Adonis

Sydney Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare. Directed by Marion Potts, starring Melissa Madden Gray and Susan Prior

Venus is played by the two leads; her attempted seduction of Adonis is mostly addressed directly to the audience. This is a very effective dramatisation: sexy, funny and moving. The live music by Felicity Clark, Michael Sheridan, Bree van Reyk was great. It was so good it made me feel a bit bad about my lampoon of the poem last week. I read it to prepare for the play, not as part of the Auden on Shakespeare project. The Auden lectures don’t cover any of the long poems, which is a shame.

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