Ordinary things that are huge in our world
Are quite small in the Cultural Corpus.
Opera for a small mammal explores the artist’s position in society from a rigorous, singular and disarming point of view.
After the big opera the stage is still alive with resonating ghosts. Scraps of The Faerie Queen, Henry Purcell’s 1692 operatic adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, resound. Regina Josefine del Mouse lives in the theatre, in the castles and forests of dramatic literature. She is the Mouse Queen. Her tail glints with thieveries from philosophy, Franz Kafka, Lewis Carroll, Beat Poet Michael McClure, Gertrude Stein and other scholarly bits and pieces. Her dominion is the lowercase letters of art (not the uppercase citadel of Art) and Her audience is the community of Mouse People who live in the dark behind the scenes. With an Elizabethan extravagance and classical economy, depending upon the musical and rhetorical powers of poetry, huffing and puffing theatre-dust from the questions of self and Art, She issues a decree on the artistic nature of Matter.
BY Margaret Cameron
DIRECTOR Margaret Cameron & David Young
SOUND DESIGN Jethro Woodward
LIGHTING DESIGN Danny Pettingill
STAGE MANAGER Georgia Rann
WITH Margaret Cameron
MELBOURNE | 4–15 December
La Mama Theatre
Running time: 60 minutes
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