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Metamorphosis

A visiting production by Edward's Boys

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The Maydes Metamorphosis

A visiting production by Edward’s Boys

Performance: Friday 15th March at 7pm

“You sing of yours, and I of mine relate;
To everyone seems worst his own estate.”
(The Maid’s Metamorphosis, Act IV Scene i)

Ascanio, son to the Duke, heads into the forest, desperate to find his love, the fair Eurymine, who has lately fled the court without explanation. The forest, inevitably, turns out to be magical and plays host to shepherds, woodmen, gods, goddesses, fairies, muses, fools, magicians… and trees. It is a place of confusion, deception and misunderstanding. Everyone and everything, it seems, is searching for something.

The Maid’s Metamorphosis (1600) is an anonymous Elizabethan comedy, which we know was performed by “Paul’s Boys”, one of the two leading boys’ companies of the day. Although a comedy – no one dies – the play exploits several theatrical genres, moves across a vast range of tones, and features a great deal of music. This is the first production since 1600. Prepare to be surprised!

This is the third time Edward’s Boys have played The Dream Factory, following productions of Galatea in 2014 and The Woman in the Moon in 2018, both plays by John Lyly. There will be two tours of this production: the first, in England; the second, to London and the South of France.

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