2012 Production Update
I’ve always seen the Romantic Poets and the Beats as linked, though two centuries apart. While touring BOTC I was already researching and collating material from their amazing output in poetry, letters and prose writings on both the art of poetry and the times they lived in. What they shared is anti-establishment Rage, and the determination to make their art more direct and engaged within and against the world they lived in. Their fervour was revolutionary- countering repressive politics, moral conformity, their critics and the ‘poetic tradition’ itself; challenging their contemporaries and forging new creative voices. And , like the Beats, the popularity of Coleridge, Keats, Byron and Shelley remains undimmed.
In 2008 a draft of RR was rehearsed and presented, very successfully, further ‘adjustments’ made, and is now ready for performance: the time is right to hit the Road (excuse the pun). Right now ‘The Romantics’ are a prescribed Area of Study for the NSW HSC (Extension 1), and remain so until at least 2014. I am in discussion to film my performance of a selection of the poetry, which , along with a Q&A interview, will be available in time for the 2012 school year. It is envisaged a full theatrical production with four actors and a musician will follow the on-line preview.
Contact: Brian O’Heir - firstname.lastname@example.org