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.
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