Past Event

Breaking the Rules

11 Feb 2016

by Clare Norburn
Directed by Nicholas Renton

Actor Gerald Kyd 

Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, composed some of the most intense and glorious music of the Renaissance. He was also a brutal killer. As the obsessive composer relives the past and makes his final confession, the full horror of his crimes stands in stark contrast to his astonishing music. 

The Marian Consort perform works by Gesualdo to Clare Norburn’s dramatic monologue, performed by popular actor Gerald Kyd, creating a soundtrack of the mind, including some of the startling Tenebrae Responsories and madrigals. This tour de force performance is a mesmerising fusion of drama and music.

Watch the teaser video...
(This video gives a 'taster’ of the Breaking Rules performance but please be advised that the Brighton Festival performance will be seated and not a promenade performance and most of the action will take place on a raised stage)


"I think Gesualdo’s life and music has been misunderstood. He’s underrated as a composer and not often performed because the music out of context is seen as “difficult” – but it really isn’t once you adjust your ears. It’s extraordinarily powerful and exciting."

Find out more about Breaking the Rules in this Festival Hot Seat interview with its author Claire Norburn

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