Songs of Lear
The Polish company Song of the Goat Theatre, widely regarded as one of Europe’s most innovative training-based theatre companies, returned to Battersea Arts Centre with the London premiere of Songs of Lear after having entranced audiences with Return to the Voice in 2014. Songs of Lear was widely acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012 where it scooped both a Fringe First and Herald Archangel Award. The play is a non-linear dramatic event that shows the world of subtle energies and rhythms that govern Shakespeare’s tragedy. The ensemble members have chosen crucial scenes from King Lear to weave a story out of gestures, words and music. Each song is a starting point for another ‘dramatic poem’ and the music becomes characters, relationships and events.
Song of the Goat Theatre Company is deeply rooted in the best traditions of Polish avant-garde theatre, counting Swinarski, Kantor and Grotowski as its influencers. However, this physical theatre company draws from intercultural explorations such as European traditions of Latin polyphonic music and North African Coptic music from Egypt. Its cast is also truly international with actors hailing from UK, Poland, Iceland, Italy, and Greece.
The Songs of Lear performances at the Battersea Arts Centre are co-produced by the Polish Cultural Institute in London and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.