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Ted Hughes' Crow poems to be brought to life for London 2012

30th March 2012

Anyone wowed by the amazing puppetry of the smash-hit West End play War Horse while on a trip to the capital in recent years may want to book hotel accommodation in London for this summer and come down to the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival.

This year, the festival will be hosting a special programme to mark London's hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games.

And it has just been announced that one of the highlights this year's event will see Ted Hughes' dark and mythical Crow poems brought to life by the same company behind the award-winning War Horse.

The Handspring Puppet Company will perform the world premiere of Crow at the festival on June 21st, with performances running until July 7th.

Speaking to the BBC, director Mervyn Millar explained that, while their approach to Crow will have similarities to War Horse, it will have its own unique dynamic.

"In War Horse we had to put a non-speaking animal at the centre of a narrative theatre piece," he said. "In this project we're aiming to find a new synthesis of poetry and dance and puppet theatre."

He added: "Most of the puppets are more in the style that people might recognise from War Horse, less naturalistic and with more attention to the skeleton than what's on the outside."

Hughes, who was Poet Laureate from 1984 to 1998 published Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow, in 1970 and the poem is regarded as one of the poet's darkest and most personal works.

"Crow is full of muscular and visceral writing and that's what attracted us as people who make theatre out of bodies," said Mr Millar.

Other events taking place as part of the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival include Prometheus Awakes - a re-telling of the Greek myth by the disabled-led theatre company Graeae and Catalan company La Fura dels Baus.


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