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REVIEW: Nine Daies Wonder sees Athenaeum transformed to 16th century highways

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Will Kemp, renowned clown and actor, who undertook his own 16th between Whitechapel and London was brought to life by this superb team of musicians and performers.

Nine Daies Wonder by The Society of Strange and Ancient Music at The Athenaeum, Wednesday May 21

Will Kemp, renowned clown and actor, who undertook his own 16th between Whitechapel and London was brought to life by this superb team of musicians and performers.

The grandeur of The Athenaeum became transformed into the highways and byways of Kemp’s route as ancient music ranging from the courtly to the bawdy ballad accompanied the Morris dancing Kemp – Steven Player who took on the challenging and strenuous feat.

Player brought fun and wit to his role not to mention beautifully executed footwork, at times hurling himself about as Kemp’s journey takes him through encounters from all walks of life.

The musical backing for his journey was provided by four musicians, masters in their field of ancient music, with beautiful vocals from Jeremy Avis and harmonious sounds from the ancient instruments.

One imagines that the five performers had a great time but I suspect Player suffered a few bruises for his art which had us amazed and smiling throughout.

A full auditorium had a great night. It would have been better if seating could have been tiered as those further back missed seeing some of the dancer’s intricate and rhythmic footwork. LA

 

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