The Eve Of St Agnes

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20060119

By John Keats.

Keats' atmospheric poem telling the story of the lovers Porphyro and Madeline and their secret meeting on St Agnes Eve - introduced by the poet Laureate Andrew Motion.

Madeline is desperate on that bitterly cold night for a vision of her dearly loved Porphyro who is neither of her place nor of her race.

The relations between their families are so hostile that Porphyro's arrival at the castle of the wealthy sire of Madeline is considered taboo.

Angela, the Beldame, takes pity and hides Porphyro in Madeline's bed chamber so the two can meet.

The tense and tricky Angela quite literally holds the key to the couple's fulfillment of love.

Narrator....Samuel West

Porphyro....Daniel Evans

Madeline....Zoe Henry

Dame....Ann Rye

With music composed by Gary Yershon.

Lute....Jacob Heringman

Flute....Catherine Greenwood

Director Susan Roberts