Marking the 350th anniversary of John Milton’s epic poetic masterpiece, Paradise Lost, is Christopher Samuel Carroll’s visceral one-man show.
The Irish actor fuses the esoteric Japanese dance style of Butoh with classic English literature in what has described by critics as “a performance that is as beguiling and mesmerizing as the epic grandeur of Milton’s swelling tale…a tour de force display of the actor’s craft”, “a culturally shattering event”, and “a bravura performance”, receiving 4.5 stars from the West Australian and a nomination for the best theatre award at Fringe World 2017.
Carroll’s streamlined, highly physicalised adaptation breathes new life into some of the most mesmerising language ever written, focussing on Satan’s journey of twisted redemption: waking in Hell after the Fall, journeying through Chaos to Paradise, and taking revenge against God by corrupting Man.
Using Butoh, which is a form of Japanese dance associated with themes of death, the spirit world, and the primeval elements in humanity, Paradise Lost draws upon the spirit of Butoh, lurching from the grotesque to the sublime, the macabre to the absurd, to make tangible Milton’s incredible vision.
Graduate of Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq, Paris, Christopher Samuel Carroll, through his company, Bare Witness, has produced solo and ensemble work in Ireland, the U.K., and Australia.
Paradise Lost makes its Adelaide Fringe debut following seasons in Canberra and Perth, having collected a host of exultant reviews, as well as a nomination for best theatre award at the Fringe World festival 2017.
Paradise Lost opens on February 16th and runs until February 25th (excluding 19th) at Henrietta’s, downstairs at the Henry Austin (29 Chesser St, Adelaide) and you can book your tickets HERE.
Photos by Richard Lennon