Children of Eden takes its inspiration from The Book of Genesis and tries to humanise a well-known story that at times can feel distant in a modern world. Stephen Schwartz, who has seen a great deal of success drawing on biblical themes, writes an expansive score that conjures the scale and diversity of the characters portrayed, albeit with a 1980s sense of flare. The story attempts to connect its audience to these ethereal characters and present their dilemmas in a tangible and easy to digest theatrical way. It tells the tale of Adam and Eve, their fall from grace, and their descendence leading all the way to Noah and the great flood. It was with these concepts in mind that we wanted to find a new perspective on this ancient and well-known story. If you view the Bible through the lens of metaphor it opens the possibilities of storytelling, and perhaps even our ability to find the truth in its underlying message and that is where our production begins.
Our story of the Children of Eden seeks not only to modernise the piece physically and musically, but also embrace the concept of biblical metaphor. Our version of Genesis starts at a time in the future where society as we know it has become unravelled. It is a gritty and raw world in which we remove the gloss of the original production to find ourselves in a shadowy textured place full of dangers. The remanence of civilization is an unforgiving foundation to build on and so it is only through the inspiration of Father, the character name chosen by John Caird to represent God, and her sheer will that she is able to fashion this waste land into a Garden of Eden. Father, played in our production by a woman, rather than possessing divine powers is human and very much a part of this world as she watches and imagines the future she manifests.
Hopefully this production will shine a new light on this illustrious story and inspire our audience to look at antiquity in a new way.
Children of Eden Director