Breaking the Rules: A Concert Drama
St George's, Bristol
Play by Clare Norburn
Directed by Nicholas Renton
Lighting Design by Natalie Rowland and Pitch Black Lighting
with Gerald Kyd Actor
BREAKING THE RULES is part concert/part one-man play, exploring the extraordinary life and music of Carlo Gesualdo. Gesualdo is today best known for his distinctive musical voice and idiosyncratic compositional style, and was admired by figures as varied as Igor Stravinsky, Aldous Huxley, Werner Herzog and Frank Zappa. His reputation rests equally on the gruesome murder of his first wife, Donna Maria D’Avalos, an act which captured the popular imagination and was retold in increasingly lurid detail until well into the Nineteenth Century.
Blurring the boundaries between a one-actor play and a concert, Breaking the Rules explores Gesualdo’s strange world and his extraordinary music, the latter brought to life by the singers of The Marian Consort accompanied by a lutenist. They provide the sound-track to Gesualdo’s mind on the final night of his life, as he contemplates his own mortality and the tumultuous events which have led him to this moment.