From the Ashes of the Past
PICTURE: Max Neonlife Monaghan
Caliban’s Codex is a new monologue by the local writer John Knowles (Toby Belch is Unwell, Hitleria Pizzeria Parts I & II and Time Please), created with Emily Carding (Richard III– Brite Theatre). Written in iambic pentameter, this one-woman show explores loss, abuse and magic. Taking as its starting point the abandonment of Caliban (from Shakepseare’s The Tempest) on the island full of sounds and noises and extrapolating a response from Caliban reflecting abuse at the hands of his mother, the magician Prospero and mankind. In the twelve years since Propero’s departure, Caliban has painstakingly sifted through the ashes of the books of magic, slowly piecing together a new language and a way to save this island from mankind’s destructive tendencies. The piece is presented at Borough Wines as a work in progress before it premieres at this years Prague Fringe Festival at the end of May. The full version will form part of a day-long exploration of monologues at Lit-Fest (hastingslitfest.org/speakers/john-knowles/) at which John will be running a workshop of monologue development and presenting Caliban’s Codex and Toby Belch is Unwell with post show Q&A’s.
‘There is no welcome here for you, your kind.
Mankind, for there is nothing kind in man.’
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