Sorry About the Poetry
SORRY ABOUT THE POETRY is due to enter its next Research and Development stage in Summer 2018, and will tour in 2019.
I am in Love. My name is Flavio.
I am a poet - greatest of these times!
I've sent a poem to the one, the woman -
I mean I stabbed a pen into a vein
and scratched heart-blood onto a piece of paper,
and sent it with my servant Arlecchino,
and I am waiting for the lady's answer.
In our new show, SORRY ABOUT THE POETRY, a poet, Flavio, is in love. He sends a love-poem to the woman of his dreams, via his servant Arlecchino - who reports back that the lady hates the poem! Flavio falls to pieces, and Arlecchino has to somehow persuade the poet to write to the lady in prose. He tries everything - cross dressing, physical violence, summoning the Devil - but all to no avail.
Adopting and playing with the archetypes and structures of Commedia Dell 'Arte, the show is a playful look at the role of poetry in modern society - with a combination of slapstick and a smattering of saucy sonnets!