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Paradise Lost - Trinity Buoy Wharf

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOURTH Monkey Theatre Company is presenting an epic site-specific adaptation of John Milton’s iconic poem, Paradise Lost, at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London – from May 29 to June 22, 2013.

Under the direction of Ailin Conant, the critically acclaimed, award nominated artistic director of Theatre Temoin, Milton’s classic tale of the battle between good and evil is retold for a contemporary audience in the most atmospheric and exciting of non-traditional theatre spaces.

Using Milton’s words almost exclusively, the production uses ensemble physical theatre techniques to create the epic monsters and angels depicted in the text, with characters including a faceless and unpredictable blob ‘chaos’ and ukulele-playing angels Zephron and Ithuriel.

The immersive design by Zahra Mansouri invites audiences to experience both ‘heaven’ and ‘hell’, while ‘Eden’ plays home to an apple cider bar that is open throughout the show.

Ailin Conant said of the performance: “Our protagonists in the story are Eve and Satan; kindred spirits whose only fault lay in their inability to obey a law that placed them second to another… It’s a slightly more playful and irreverent take on this epic tale of god-and-war.

“Rehearsals are very fun and unpredictable, as we work to invent various ways to involve our audience in this site-specific piece. Today as an audience member I was sent to Hell after completing an oral questionnaire in which I admitted to owning a pair of Crocs…”

Conant is an American-born director who has been based in London since 2004. She is the founding artistic director of Theatre Témoin, where she is currently directing Nineveh (running at Riverside Studios through May) and The Fantasist (Touring Nationally May and June). Previously with Témoin she has directed Jukai, Nobody’s Home, Ni Ibya Buri Wese, Hozwa Mwana W’u Rwanda and Tachzor Shalem.

Paradise Lost follows Fourth Monkey’s award-winning 4.48 Psychosis in London and Edinburgh in 2012, and their recent success with Project Colony. The company has also presented A Clockwork Orange (2010) and Lord of the Flies (2012) at Edinburgh.

Paradise Lost has lighting by Pablo Fernandez-Baz and sound by Jamie Flockton.

Paradise Lost is suitable for ages 16+.

Tickets: £16 (£14) and £12 (group 10+) – available on 020 7478 0170 or online at www.fourthmonkey.co.uk/.

Times: 7.30pm (no Mondays), matinees Thursdays and Saturdays at 3pm.

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Place, London, E14 0JY