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Review: Michelangelo Drawing Blood at Malvern Festival Theatre

This extraordinary piece of music theatre, created by Sound Affairs, is almost in the nature of a seance, a hypnotic blend of music, dance and theatrical staging which uses cleverly arranged light structures in a compelling way.

This extraordinary piece of music theatre, created by Sound Affairs, is almost in the nature of a seance, a hypnotic blend of music, dance and theatrical staging which uses cleverly arranged light structures in a compelling way.

The general theme is based on the sketches Michelangelo drew up for the Battle of Cascina a fresco he never completed. Two dancers present the artist’s strivings as he dreams of the fresco, he will never bring into the light.

Here male nudity is used throughout the evening to underline Michangelo’s adoration of the male body as a conduit to the mind of God. This is bravery of a kind I rarely meet with in the theatre.

Michelangelo Drawing Blood will be at Birmingham mac on May 9.

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