Stop Press - we are thrilled to announce that we can add Ian McKellan's name to the list of people who have agreed to sign a copy of Venus and Adonis as a reward!
Venus and Adonis
Written by William Shakespeare. Performed by Christopher Hunter.
Edinburgh Fringe. 2 – 28 August 2017. C Primo, 19 Hill Street, EH2 3JP
What are we doing?
We are The Noontide Sun, a theatre company, that is taking Christopher Hunter’s one-man dramatisation of Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Fact: Venus and Adonis was Shakespeare’s first work to be published (in 1593).
What is Venus and Adonis?
Venus and Adonis is a poem written by a young Shakespeare telling the story of Venus’s seduction of Adonis. But it is so much more than that. Click here for more information.
Fact: Venus and Adonis was an immediate bestseller!
This astonishing poem is seldom performed. Its beauty lies not only in the gripping story and its wildly erotic passages but also in the youthful vibrancy of its language which makes it easy for a modern audience to enjoy.
Fact: Venus and Adonis was published during a severe outbreak of the plague that had forced London’s theatres to be closed.
As Chris worked on the poem, something dark and disturbing began to emerge. Instead of a romantic, lyrical and erotic tale of passionate love, at its heart is the story an innocent young boy who leaves home one morning, is sexually assaulted by an older woman, and never returns.
This is the story of Venus and Adonis that we want to tell. Click here for more information.
Fact: In Shakespeare’s day, the ‘act of Venus’ was a term for sexual intercourse
As part of Chris’s research he came into contact with SurvivorsUK, a charity that supports male survivors of sexual abuse. The charity has been immeasurably helpful and supportive and we would like to raise awareness about SurvivorsUK.
Who is Christopher Hunter?
Chris is a well-known and respected actor with an extensive body of work in theatre, television and film. He has performed leading roles in the West End and with the RSC, the NT and in regional theatre both in the classics and new and experimental work. Click here to find out more about Chris.
Fact: The enduring popularity of Venus and Adonis made the rights too expensive for it to be included in the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays published in 1623.
What Can You Do To Help?
We are asking you to join us in our adventure and help to make it happen. Even a one-man dramatisation with little set and props and playing to full houses will not cover the costs of bringing the production to Edinburgh!
We would appreciate any donation you feel able to make.
If we cover our costs we will donate profits to Survivors UK.
Publicity & Press
Ann-Marie Baptiste at AMBA
07777 602 636