Fourth Monkey's site specific adaptation of Paradise Lost opens this week at Trinity Buoy Wharf. Here artistic director Steven Green gives us five reasons to go.
1. Directorial Star of the Future
Paradise Lost has been devised and directed by the hot young directorial talent, currently on the lips of a lot of those in the know types. Ailin Conant, the artistic director of the multi-award nominated Theatre Temoin directs this adapted ensemble production hot on the heels of her recent successes with Nineveh and The Fantasist. Ailin's bold visual style is a theatrical breath of fresh air and is no better displayed than with this epic physical piece of work.
2. New Talent
Fourth Monkey's ensemble of actors are a hot bunch of actors at the outset of their professional careers. Twenty-seven actors, between the ages of twenty and thirty-five, all of whom have been training and working together for the last twelve months launch themselves as a professional ensemble with this production of Paradise Lost.
3. The Venue
Trinity Buoy Wharf is one of the most weird and wonderful arts venues in the capital. A working wharf on the bank of the Thames, Trinity Buoy is home to an artistic community and a hub for visceral creative work. The production itself takes place in profoundly atmospheric basement, expertly designed by Zahra Mansouri to represent the two worlds of heaven and hell.
4. The Forbidden Apple Bar
The venue also incorporates a special bar, built into the set of the production whereby the audience can taste a whole range of apple based beverages from the healthily heavenly to the downright devilish!
5. Awards and Reviews
Paradise Lost is Fourth Monkey's latest London production, hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed Project Colony ("An excellent sense of dramatic rhythm"- The Telegraph.) following on from previous award winning and nominated works in both the capital and at the Edinburgh Fringe; previous work has been described as "Perfect". (Edinburgh Guide on 4.48 Psychosis 2012) amongst other things and the company is "definitely one to watch" (Fringe Review). Well worth a trip.
Paradise Lost runs at Trinity Buoy Wharf until 22 June 2013.