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Metamorphoses

A new performance of stories from Ovid’s famous poem, Metamorphoses - a new translation, written and performed by Richard Spaul. Tales of miraculous change and transformation, by turns charming and terrifying, and astonishingly modern. Transgressive sexualities, ghosts, incest, tragedy and the Occult all feature in an evening of fascinating storytelling.

  • 13th July 2024 - 13th July 2024
  • 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

From Shakespeare to Titian to Ted Hughes, Ovid’s extraordinary stories have influenced artists through the ages. He wrote them at a time of social and psychological turbulence on the threshold of Roman and Christian eras, when new cults, philosophies and religions were changing old ways of thinking and disrupting the old order. Perversity and violence were ever present.

This is the background to Ovid’s weird tales of supernatural transformation. People overwhelmed with emotion – grief, lust, anger –   become animals, flowers, birds and stones. Intense and memorable poetry, unlike anything else. Ovid is a poet of Postmodernity – a poet for our troubled times of shifting insecure identities and uncertain futures. Richard Spaul’s hard-hitting and experimental new translation and his extraordinary powers of vocal shapeshifting bring out the compelling modernity of Ovid’s poem in a way not heard before.

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Did you know?

First World War poet Rupert Brooke studied at King’s College, Cambridge, and spent time living in Grantchester. He was so enamoured with the Cambridgeshire village he penned one of his most famous works, The Old Vicarage, about his home there.