Darelle K Bunny (bunnypip) wrote in bardcamp,
Darelle K Bunny

Woman in the Moon

Roll up, Roll up! Come to the Late Night Play! See the confusing circulation of random objects (ring, bloody napkin, various letters)! Witness the various and sundry assignations in beautiful forest bowers (appearance of actual bowers may differ), Listen as emperor eavesdrops in the cave that we totally have! Marvel as strongtrousers is transformed into a thornbush before your very eyes!

the_alchemist has encouraged me to post about WitM, which is now the Late Night Play, which I’m assured is A Thing (I’m actually really nervous about this because it’s only my second Bardcamp and I suggested this play and so it’s all a bit nerve-wracking)

WitM is a 1595(ish) play by Lyly. strongtrousers and I went to see a production of it at the Rose last year and it was fabulous and we both independently thought it would be an excellent Bardcamp play. It’s extremely silly and will therefore probably make a wonderful Late Night Play. The production we saw was about 90 minutes long.

Here is some info about the characters. strongtrousers informs me that the plot is ripe for ‘what could possibly go wrong?’ etc.

The Shepherds
Stesias, Melos, Iphicles, and Learchus are a group of shepherds who live in ‘Utopia’. They complain to Nature that she has made females for all the animals but has forgotten to make them a woman. So Nature (assisted by Concord and Discord) makes them a woman (Pandora) … but only the one ... between the 4 of them (because that makes total sense). All four shepherds, plus Stesias’ servant Gunophilus, fall in love with Pandora.

The Planets
The ‘planets’, who are also the corresponding gods (Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Sol (Apollo), Mercury, Luna (Cynthia) – Lyly drops in names from different pantheons all over the place), are jealous of Pandora because Nature loves her best because plot. When Nature goes off to be busy elsewhere she obviously and totally sensibly (?!) leaves Pandora behind and tells the planets to behave. They decide to take their revenge/ have some fun by taking control of Pandora. Each one takes a turn to ‘ascend’ (would the pulpit work for that? I haven't been to this chapel before) and control the action so that Pandora takes on the characteristic of that particular planet/god (melancholy, disdain, war, kindness, wantonness, lying, madness).

Juno also appears, being her usual jealous self. Ganymede trails around with Jupiter looking pretty. Joculos and Cupid are ‘yoofs’ rather than children.

Several of the planet/gods end up falling in love with Pandora too, pretty much regardless of gender.

NOTES: The script calls for Jupiter (and presumably Ganymede) to be able to make themselves invisible. When we saw it this was indicated with sunglasses but I’m sure there are other ways.

Pandora does a lot of ‘kissing’ in this play (Learchus, Stesias, Gunophilus, and Iphicles are the ones specifically mentioned in the stage directions. Other opportunities do present). I’m happy to interpret ‘kissing’ in various directions, depending on the other person. If you would like to tell me your preferred definition of ‘kissing’ in this instance, please let me know.

Pandora also does some smacking people round the face and hitting them on the hand (Stesias, and Learchus are the ones I spotted in the script) – if you would like to discuss this, that might also be a good plan!

Hurray for Lyly! Hurray for Bardcamp!!
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Yay, it sounds super!

I am still intending to miss it because of trying to avoid getting *too* ill over the weekend, but otherwise I would so be in there. I hope it goes as wonderfully as it sounds it will. :-)

That's perfectly understandable.

and thank you, I am hoping it will be good :)
This all sounds really excellent and thank you for putting this post together!

Would it be possible to get email copies of the edited script to look at? Or would that ruin the fun? Or have we got those already and I've just missed them?
Hurray! I am looking forward to it being huge fun (whilst simultaneously fretting that it will be All Wrong and everyone will hate it).

I'm happy to send an email copy of the script unless borusa has a more official one he'd rather send?
Yay! It sounds Very Fun, and I am looking forward to it :-)
Yaaaay!! :D
Is there anything I should be thinking character or costume-wise before Bardcamp, given I'm not going to see a script until they arrive at the Chapel?


January 27 2015, 07:30:34 UTC 2 years ago Edited:  January 27 2015, 07:34:07 UTC

Costume-wise - If you and the other shepherds wanted to come to an agreement on what Utopian-pseudo-pastoral-comedy-shepherds wear (the production we saw had aran jumpers, shorts, and wellingtons) then that might be fun but isn't obligatory.

Stesias starts out nice and Pandora initially chooses him as her lover/husband but then, especially under the influence of Venus, she cheats on him with the other three, so he ends up hating her and being quite nasty by the end of the play.

He's also the only one of the four who has a servant or wealthy possessions. The incongruity of this in a pastoral shepherd isn't deemed worthy of comment in the play, but it is increasingly frequently mentioned as time goes on and is one of the ways in which Stesias starts off as part of a set of four and gradually becomes more and more separate.
Thanks :-)