A ‘little moment’ of a TIMELESS story told through Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets are some of the most breathtaking, exquisite, yet succinct investigations into what it means to be human within the entire literary canon. The whole breadth of human experience is explored in these beautifully detailed and achingly honest outcries to love, loss, and everything that lies between.
Using a rich selection of the sonnets and accompanied by complementary music, we explore the story of what it means to take the risk of being truly human: to love, to lose and ultimately, hopefully, to learn.
The Rose Theatre is the perfect location for these often under-valued and under-performed sonnets: at once intimate and epic, the space offers an opportunity to focus on these forensically detailed hymns to humanity in close up, whilst at the same time affording them a dramatic sweep in which they can truly, yet sweetly sing.
The sonnets are often likened to a very intimate autobiography of Shakespeare’s private life and loves. ‘Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang’ develops this further and investigates, within a format as substantial as any of the great plays, the desolations and joys that life affords each and every one of us.
Perfomance Length Approx. 80 Minutes
The Rose Playhouse, Bankside’s first theatre, 1587.
Shakespeare fragments are fused with new material and classical song in this devised theatre piece for actress, soprano & piano which explores the blistering power of the human voice. The intimate stage of The Rose Playhouse with its cavernous backdrop and brooding expanse of water covering the remains of the original Elizabethan theatre provides the ideal setting for this work of stark contrasts in which characters play before the audience as apparitions of a fevered dream.
Writer / Director Sophie Kochanowska leads a trio of up-and-coming artists in this exciting work.