“Childe Harold” made Byron a star, and his sex appeal and extravagance kept him ever in the limelight. His letters – one of the greatest and most entertaining collections ever – provided a wealth of very rich material for the show. When he died fighting for the Greek cause, in his mid-thirties, he left unfinished his brilliant satire “Don Juan”, which was still coming out in instalments and causing furore. Included in the show are some very sexy Cantos from “Don Juan”, plus some of his best known lyrical verse – “She walks in beauty..”, “So we’ll go no more a –roving..”.
His attack on Critics, “English Bards and Scotch Reviewers”, is also sampled, plus “The Vision of Judgement”, “The Love of Men and Women”, “Stanzas to Countess Guiccioli”. Best of all, Byron’s letters are a collagist’s dream – stunning, brutal, inexhaustibly provocative.