Photo Zoe Manders
 

Paradise Lost
(lies unopened beside me)

There is a possibility that God made everything because he was terrified of doing nothing.

Here is a re-telling of the story of the beginning of everything inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost – told through words, music and the easily misunderstood medium of dance.

A show for anyone who has ever created anything (a child, a garden, a paper aeroplane) and then had to watch that wonderful thing spiral out of control.

★★★★★ A heavenly new take on Milton (The Evening Standard)

★★★★ A triumphant gallop through the story of creation (The Guardian)

This work premiered in 2015 at Battersea Arts Centre and went on to run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2015 where it was shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award (Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form category).

Conceived, directed & performed by Ben Duke, Light & set design: Jackie Shemesh, Artistic collaborator: Raquel Meseguer, Producer: Emily Gorrod-Smith, Production Manager: Ian Moore, Technician: Seth Rook-Williams

 

Tour Dates

12.10.18
Tipperary Dance Festival, Excel Centre, Mitchell Street, Carrownreddy, Tipperary, Ireland
16.06.18 - 17.06.18 - Italian Premiere
Napoli Teatro Festival, Trianon Viviani, piazza Vincenzo Calenda, 9 - 80139 Naples
30.03.18
St Paul's Arts Fest, St Paul's Church, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP
24.03.18
Martinstown Village Hall, Saint Martins Field, Martinstown, Dorchester DT2 9JU, UK
 
Photo Danilo Moroni
 

Partners

Co-commissioned by The Place and Battersea Arts Centre with further commissioning support from Bath ICIA University. Developed with support from The Point, Eastleigh and South East Dance. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

 

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Past Dates

26.05.15 - 27.05.15 - Premiere
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
01.06.15
Pulse Festival, Civic Dr, Ipswich IP1 2AS, United Kingdom
05.08.15 - 30.08.15
Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 1 Summerhall Place, Edinburgh EH9 1PL, United Kingdom
18.09.15 - 19.09.15
The Hay Barn, Polegate, United Kingdom
09.10.15 - 10.10.15
The Place, 17 Duke's Rd, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9PY
15.10.15
Bath ICIA, The Edge University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY
17.10.15
Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival, Bournemouth BH1 2BU, United Kingdom
19.11.15
The North Wall Arts Centre, S Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN, United Kingdom
20.11.15 - 21.11.15
RADAR @ Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 8LJ
14.04.16
Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX, United Kingdom
03.05.16
Ivy Arts Centre, University Of Surrey, Stag Hill Court, 388 Perimeter Rd, Guildford GU2 7XH
06.05.16
RISE, Findhorn, Forres IV36 3TZ, United Kingdom
13.05.16 - 14.05.16
Mayfest, Circomedia, Britannia Rd, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DB
17.05.16
Caravan/Brighton Festival, Brighton Dome, Church St, Brighton BN1 1UE
24.05.16 - 28.05.16
Battersea Arts Centre, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN
30.05.16
The Theatre Orchard, Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
09.06.16
Déda Theatre, 19 Chapel St, Derby DE1 3GU, United Kingdom
14.07.16
The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ
19.07.16 - 23.07.16
Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel, London E1 8JB, United Kingdom
10.08.16 - 12.08.16
Theatrefestival Boulevard, 18, Sint Josephstraat 18, 5211 NJ 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
06.10.16
Tolmen Centre, Fore St, Constantine, Falmouth TR11 5AA, United Kingdom
07.10.16
West Coker Commemoration Hall, West Coker, United Kingdom
08.10.16
Drimpton Village Hall, Drimpton, United Kingdom
09.10.16
All Saints Church Hall, The Hill, Langport TA10 9QF, United Kingdom
14.10.16
Skipton Town Hall, Skipton Town Hall, High Street, Skipton BD23 1AH, United Kingdom
15.10.16
Newtown Le Willows Village Hall, Newton-le-Willows, United Kingdom
18.10.16
Lancaster Arts, Nuffield Theatre, Bailrigg, Lancaster, UK
20.10.16 - 21.10.16
MAC Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Queen's Ride, Birmingham B12 9QH, United Kingdom
01.11.16
Aberystwth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University - Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth SY23 3DE
01.12.16
Gulbenkian, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NB
04.12.16
Brugge Dance Festival, Bruges, Belgium
07.12.16 - 08.12.16
Warwick Arts Centre, University Of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Rd, Coventry CV4 7AL, United Kingdom
03.03.17 - 07.03.17
Theatre de la Ville, 2 Place du Châtelet, 75001 Paris, France
10.03.17
Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AF
11.03.17
Quatt Village Hall, Quatt, Bridgnorth WV15 6QW, United Kingdom
12.05.17
The Kirkgate Centre, Kirkgate, Cockermouth CA13 9PJ
13.05.17
The Witham, 3 Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY, United Kingdom
14.05.17
Amble Parish Hall, Amble, United Kingdom
18.05.17
Thimblemill Library, Thimblemill Rd, Smethwick B67 5R
19.05.17
Strike a Light Festival, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, United Kingdom
20.05.17
St. Mary’s Church, Great Bedwyn, United Kingdom
28.05.17
Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival, Liskeard, United Kingdom
26.08.17
Greenbelt Festival, Boughton House, Geddington Rd, Kettering NN14 1BJ
01.12.17
Manton Village Hall, Lyndon Rd, Manton, Oakham LE15 8SR, UK
02.12.17
Tutbury Village Hall, 2 Monk St, Tutbury, Burton-on-Trent DE13 9NA, UK
08.03.18
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Ln, Calstock PL18 9QX, UK
09.03.18
AMATA, Penryn Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn TR10 9FE, United Kingdom
10.03.18
The Centre, Newlyn, Penzance TR18 5AR, UK
16.03.18
Kemnay Village Hall, 8 Aquithie Rd, Kemnay, Inverurie AB51 5SS, UK
17.03.18
Johnshaven Village Hall, Johnshaven Village Hall, Midstreet, Johnshaven, DD10 0HB
21.03.18
All Stretton Village Hall, All Stretton, Church Stretton SY6 6JR, UK
24.03.18
Martinstown Village Hall, Saint Martins Field, Martinstown, Dorchester DT2 9JU, UK
30.03.18
St Paul's Arts Fest, St Paul's Church, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP
16.06.18 - 17.06.18 - Italian Premiere
Napoli Teatro Festival, Trianon Viviani, piazza Vincenzo Calenda, 9 - 80139 Naples
12.10.18
Tipperary Dance Festival, Excel Centre, Mitchell Street, Carrownreddy, Tipperary, Ireland