There is a possibility that God made everything because he was terrified of doing nothing. Here is a re-telling of the story of the beginning of everything inspired by Milton's Paradise Lost - told through words, music and the easily misunderstood medium of dance.
Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) is a one-man adaptation of Milton’s epic poem and is conceived, directed and performed by Ben Duke for Lost Dog. The show premiered in May 2015 at Battersea Arts Centre, London as part of A Nation’s Theatre and went on to run at Summerhall as part the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2015 where it received high critical acclaim.
Paradise Lost was shortlisted for a 2015 Total Theatre Award in the Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form category and Ben Duke won the 2015 National Dance Award for Outstanding Male Performance. Since 2015 the show has toured to over 60 venues both nationally and internationally including 14 village halls as part of the Rural Touring Dance Initiative. In 2019 The Guardian named Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) in its list of the Top Ten Dance Performances of the 21st Century.
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Age Guide: 13+
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