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WILLIAM BLAKE'S DIVINE HUMANITY

Writer: Tim Bruce after the works of  William Blake
with additional material from Paul Duncan, Deborah Eckman, Monia Giovannangeli
Directors: Tim Bruce, Monia Giovannangeli, Eric Loren

Performed in London at The New Players Theatre, Viliers Street, as part the Blake250 Festival celebrating the 250th anniversary of his birth.

Booking enquiries:maureen.goodman@theatreofeternalvalues.com

Visual images of Blake’s work and the stories of Job and Jerusalem interweave with the unfolding drama of Blake’s life to enact the inner drama within Blake’s soul.

This ensemble piece was the outcome of eighteen months research involving performing artists from seven European countries and was performed at the Blake250 Festival in London (New Players Theatre Nov-Dec 2007) to celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth.

SYNOPSYS

Blake is born into an earthly world of 18th Century London, yet one filled with spirits and angels and the indomitable power of the human imagination. As he grows to be a man, he battles against poverty and the social wrongs of industrialised England. He masters the arts of drawing, painting, engraving and poetry to become a revolutionary hero. He rouses up the artistic youth of London to throw away artifice, to challenge the imposed ideas of the past and the pretensions of society, to be true to their own imaginations; declaring that: ‘True art is nothing but the Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation’. 

Visual images of Blake’s work and the stories of Job and Jerusalem interweave with the unfolding drama of Blake’s life to enact the inner drama within Blake’s soul. Satan - the dark angel - challenges God to a contest to determine the fate of the seeming virtuous Job. As an overzealous Satan torments Job to within an inch of his life and traps him in a world of material darkness and false religion, God intervenes in the form of Jesus the Imagination and raises Job from the depths of existential despair to become a visionary prophet ‘with the power to make others prophets’.  

Artist, prophet and visionary, Blake finds lasting love in his soul mate Catherine; and together this love gives them the courage to follow a unique artistic and spiritual vision of the inner transformation of humankind by awakening the Eternal Spirit of Jerusalem within. 

‘I rest not from my great task! To open the immortal Eyes of Man inwards into the Worlds of Thought, 

into Eternity ever expanding in the Bosom of God, the Human Imagination’      

from Jerusalem, 1820

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