On Saturday, 5th May City Wall Productions will be presenting “The Real Dido” using Dido and Aeneas as their inspiration. This brand new reimagining of the first truly English opera by Henry Purcell, takes the drama of the 17th century stage and places it firmly into the heart of a conflict that defined centuries that follow it.
Set in the 1940s, the characters become more accessible to a modern day audience. This new adaptation bursts the safe yet bleak bubble of the lives of Dido, Aeneas, Belinda and the staff and patrons of Club Carthage, a grimy London music hall in the midst of a city ablaze with war.
The production will be performed in the lower courtyard amongst the ancient remains of the Palace. Jaane Rowehl, the Site Director of Fishbourne Roman Palace said “We are looking forward to welcoming City Wall Productions and to seeing their new version of an old classic. Who knows? Maybe the original owners of the Palace would have listened to the story of Aeneas, the founder of Ancient Rome, in exactly the same spot nearly 2,000 years ago.”
Lisa Pow, the Creative Director said "Our missive is to present opera in an accessible and exciting way, to inspire the audience with historic reverence and fathomless characters that will change their view on age-old stories and music. The stunning sounds of Purcell will be interpreted in a post-modern setting, where nothing is taken as face value and where real people face real danger. Forget queens, witches and fairies... this is the real story of Carthage's cruel fate!"
Tickets may be purchased directly online through www.citywallproductions.com, the Tourist Information Centre in Chichester or directly from Fishbourne Roman Palace.
Fishbourne Roman Palace dates back to the beginning of Roman occupation in Britain and offers visitors of all ages a unique chance to look back in time. Uncovered in 1960, the north wing of this remarkable building remains an important visitor attraction and archaeological site for anyone interested in learning more about Roman art and architecture.
Published 23rd April 2012
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