It has been all go with the Weaver Dance Company since the last blog post, when we reported on the first performance of The Loves of Mars and Venus; or, Mr. Weaver’s Dramatick Entertainment at St Mary in the Castle, Hastings on 26 February 2017.
We have given two more performances of the show. One was on the 300th anniversary, to the very day, 2 March 2017 at Fitzwilliam College Auditorium in Cambridge. The other happened on 5 March 2017 at the Courtauld Gallery in London. If the Cambridge performance was the more formal, as we all felt the weight of the occasion, the London gig brought out the 18th-century performers within our cast. The space was tiny, the props were minimal and the dancers were dependant on their wits (and their star quality) to get through. They succeeded triumphantly.
All our audiences have simply loved the show for its beautiful dancing, singing and music and its sheer exuberance. This is definitely not an antiquarian theatrical revival – it reveals all the colour, virtuosity and energy of the London stage in the early 1700s.
Look out for our new Gallery of photographs from rehearsals and performances. We will be adding to this.
We will also be putting up some new pages, under ‘Our Project’. The first is the text of the talk given by our playwright, Stephen Wyatt, before the 300th anniversary performances. There will be others.
Our next stop will be the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire on 8 June 2017. We are hoping to arrange more performances around that time, so keep checking the website.
And, contact us, to ask questions or to let us know what you think.