Arden V Arden, by The Hayloft Project
The Hayloft Project’s latest mash-up of classical renovation leaves the Greeks and the Russians on the shelf.
Taking an anonymously conceived play from 1592, Arden v Arden pulls the ruff off Elizabethan verse and rebirths it for the here and now. Contemporary characters and language clash with ye olde bloody murder in a brazen experiment that compares our past with our present, finding light and darkness in both. Arden of Faversham is a blackly comic tale about a woman and her lover conspiring to murder her husband. Populated by the poor and the rich, bald-faced villains and fallen angels, the play continues to defy expectations of morality, gender, and devotion, even four and a half centuries after the events on which it is based.
The Hayloft Project returns to the Northcote Town Hall in a theatrical skirmish in the tradition of 3xSisters and By Their Own Hands. Arden v Arden is two plays vying for supremacy. One is a modern Australian study of love, wealth, and ruthlessness; the other, drawn from the Shakespearean apocrypha, is known as the first domestic tragedy in the English canon. The characters are the same, more or less, though four centuries and half a globe separate them from one act to the next.
Arden V Arden
Written by Anonymous and Benedict Hardie
Partially adapted from Arden of Faversham (1592)
Directed by Benedict Hardie
Set and Costume Designer Charlotte Lane
Lighting Designer Amelia Lever-Davidson
Sound Designer Alister Mew
Producer Rebekah Berger
With Paul Blenheim, Stefan Bramble, James Deeth, Tom Dent, Brigid Gallacher, Tariro Mavondo, Sarah Ogden, Gareth Reeves, Naomi Rukavina, Anna Samson, Emily Tomlins
Stage Manager Harriet Gregory
Production Manager Bron Belcher