Another Lament

A reverie on grief

Chamber Made Opera and Rawcus extend boundaries in all the work they do. Another Lament, directed by Kate Sulan. Originally presented in a private living room, this beautiful improvisation on Henry Purcell’s music will see the Beckett Theatre transformed into a kind of living room.

Purcell, the 17th century English composer, died at the tender age of 35 (or 36 depending on who you ask). Mystery surrounds his death: some believe he died of exposure after returning from the theatre one night only to find that he’d been locked out by his wife. Others think is was tuberculosis, or something more sinister.

Another Lament investigates the tragedy of Purcell’s music and his untimely demise. Performers from Rawcus are joined by a solo instrument: Danish bass player and chanteuse Ida Duelund Hansen.

“Another Lament is beautiful and beguiling theatre, buoyed by the rigorous conception and concentrated presence that distinguishes Rawcus’ work.”

“THERE’S a brilliantly impish wit bubbling under the surface of this remarkable little opus that is neither ostentatious nor self-conscious.”

“Hansen accompanies herself skilfully and inventively on double bass, making the instrument a major part of her slow-burning, sometimes tortured meditation on love…a remarkable show…”

“…immaculately choreographed tableaux vivants…'”

Commissioned by: Andrew Arnott, Michael Bink, Elly Bloom, Janet Bolitho, Oliver Clifton, Inge Duelund, Sally Dwyer, Helen Gifford, Cathy Horsley, Brenda Jewell, Mike Josephson, Rosemary Joy, Eva Layton, Rod Macneil, Elena del Mercato, Ralph Moran, Inge Neilson, Marion Potts, Matthias Schack-Arnott, and Freya Schack-Arnott

2012: Melbourne Season, The Malthouse (6 – 10 June)
2010: World Premiere Season, A private living room in Armadale (17 December)

Purchase Another Lament on CD recorded during the premiere performance in Deidre & Naham Warhaft’s living room in Armadale 2010.