After Cardenio

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After Cardenio is a collaborative play, devised by Jane Taylor.

A new work of experimental theatre, described as "a combination of sculptural puppetry, live performance, sound and visual art. The work is a meditation on the late works of William Shakespeare, and the lost play The History of Cardenio (registered 1653)".

One of some twelve new works commissioned by Renaissance scholar Stephen Greenblatt from Harvard University, in his deliberations on the “missing Shakespeare play.” for The Cardenio Project

Performance history in South Africa

It was first performed in 2011 at the historical Anatomy Lecture Theatre on the University of Cape Town's Hiddingh Campus. It was created as part of The Cardenio Project and is a work of avant-garde puppet theatre, which utilizes a vellum puppet made by South African sculptor Gavin Younge.

Writer/director: Jane Taylor, Creative collaborator: Aja Marneweck and the Paper Body Collective Puppet sculptor: Gavin Younge Sound design and composition: Julia Raynham Artist: Penny Siopis as anatomy artist CAST: Jemma Kahn as Anne Greene/Dorotea; Dylan Esbach as Dr Petty and Cardenio; Martin Kintu as primary puppeteer, and Printer, and Luscinda;; Rouxnet Brown as the Assistant, and warrior puppeteer; Jeroen Kranenburg as Town crier and Don Quixote

The text of this work was first published in the South African Theatre Journal, 26(2):185-217(2012).


The text of After Cardenio, South African Theatre Journal, 26(2):185-217(2012).

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