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An Anatomy of Melancholy

The wondrous Iestyn Davies gazing into the middle distance

Iestyn Davies’s crystalline voice, Netia Jones’s haunting visuals, and John Dowland’s ravishingly bittersweet music come together in an intimate theatrical meditation on the consolations of sorrow.

‘Flow, my tears, fall from your springs…’ wrote the great Tudor composer, the beauty and bitterness of his music finding an echo in the poetic language of Robert Burton’s 17th-century treatise The Anatomy of Melancholy, which in turn inspired director Netia Jones.

This world premiere production deftly weaves together the endlessly tender sadness of Dowland’s music with creative visuals and the writings of Burton, Freud, and contemporary experts on human emotion, offering a forensic examination of the consolation that beauty can provide for melancholy, sadness and depression. And with our greatest contemporary lutenist Thomas Dunford on the team, two unrivalled modern interpreters of Dowland’s music are at the glowing heart of this new theatrical creation, which will be performed in the round in the intimate setting of our Pit Theatre. 

Approximately 60 mins (no interval).

Audio-described and BSL-interpreted performance
Sat 12 Sep 3pm

Thomas Dunford's participation is supported by Classical Futures Europe and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

With thanks

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