William Blake's Milton

by Richard Ramsbotham

NOA Community Centre (Ferry Centre)
Summertown, Oxford

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Milton is perhaps Blake's greatest written work. It depicts the drama - personal, political and cosmic - that must unfold if 'Jerusalem' is to be built in 'England's green and pleasant land'. (Blake's famous hymn 'Jerusalem' comes at the beginning of Milton). John Milton, roused from his sleep in Paradise by a bard's song, returns to earth and unites with William Blake, by entering through his left foot. Together they set about transforming the inner landscape of Britain.

For tonight's performance, which will last approximately 1¼ hours, the text has been carefully shortened, making the poem's dynamic storyline easy to follow. It includes much of the poem's sublime lyric beauty, together with its cosmic and mythic dimensions. The performance will be accompanied by projections of Blake's images and designs for the poem, and by music.

Richard Ramsbotham specialised in William Blake at Cambridge University, and later lectured on Blake at Warsaw University. After a four year Speech and Drama training he worked as a performer and writer with the Rose Theatre Company. He currently divides his time between writing and working with Speech and Drama.

10.00 (Friends 6.00)
Seminar and Performance together: 14.00 (Friends 7.00)