By Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Words by ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON
VICTORIAN THEATRE COMPANY | BRISBANE MUSIC FESTIVAL
NARRATOR Matthew Connell
PIANIST Alex Raineri
PRODUCER Samara Barr
VIDEO COMPOSITION Jak Scanlon
AUDIO ENGINEER Thomas Kunz
2ND CAMERA OPERATOR Kurtis Lowden
GRAPHIC DESIGN & CONTENT Chelsea Neate
Charting a perilous journey through rough seas, shipwreck and heartache, Richard Strauss’ epic melodrama collides with the sweeping poetry of Alfred Tennyson to tell the story of Enoch Arden, a lost sailor trying to navigate his way home.
Performed from the Alex Theatre in Melbourne and the Brisbane Music Festival Studio in Brisbane, this cross border/cross disciplinary show offers a unique and experimental take on the Strauss/Tennyson classic. The performance is weaved together with an original Victorian Theatre Company film made by Jak Scanlon - connecting German Romanticism and British poetry with an Australian outback landscape.
"A rarely seen work, it is a must for literature and music lovers alike"
"A moving and unembellished on screen reading... with subtle and sensitive piano accompaniment"
"There was power and intent in Connell's well acted performance..."
Alfred Tennyson (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) was an English poet. He was the Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria's reign. In 1829, Tennyson was awarded the Chancellor's Gold Medal at Cambridge for one of his first pieces, "Timbuktu". He published his first solo collection of poems, Poems, Chiefly Lyrical, in 1830. "Claribel" and "Mariana", which remain some of Tennyson's most celebrated poems, were included in this volume. Although described by some critics as overly sentimental, his verse soon proved popular and brought Tennyson to the attention of well-known writers of the day, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Tennyson's early poetry, with its medievalism and powerful visual imagery, was a major influence on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Source: DENISE VARNEY, RADICAL VISIONS
Tennyson wrote Enoch Arden in 1864.