By John Fletcher and Philip Massinger
A moved playreading
Directed by Alexander Kirk
Original music by Alexander Mitchell
University of Adelaide Theatre Guild
A rare theatrical treat!
June 7 & 8
Jacobean tragicomedy is famous for the surprising turns its various actions can take, and The Custom of the Country is no exception.
The newly married Arnoldo and Zenocia, to prevent Count Clodio exercising his droit de seigneur on their wedding night, flee their Italian city along with Arnoldo's brother, Rutilio. The scene shifts to
The Custom of the Country is a skilful mixture of tragicomic romance and farcical bawdry in the guise of a chastity play. In the end, chastity and marriage triumph over lechery and lust.
A new music score, to be performed by a vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble conducted by the composer, is being specially composed for this production. Composer Alexander Mitchell graduated from the
First performed in 1619, The Custom of the Country was deplored for its bawdiness but continued to delight and shock audiences until the mid-Restoration. It is a rare theatrical treat and our production, we believe, is an Australian premiere.
TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY, on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 June at 7pm in the Little Theatre. All tickets $10.
See http://www.adelaide.edu.au/theatreguild/current/custom/ for booking info.
Rut[illio]. Good Gentlemen;
You seem to have a snuffing in your head Sir,
A parlous snuffing, but this same dampish aire---
2[nd Gentleman]. A dampish aire indeed.
Rut[illio]. Blow your face tenderly,
Your nose will ne're endure it: mercy ô me,
What are men change'd to here? is my nose fast yet?
Mee thinks it shakes i'th hilts