Brighton Fringe: Goblin Market

A contemporary production of Christina Rossi's pre-Raphaelite poem

Elizabeth-Jane-Baldry presents a contemporary twist on the 1859 pre-Raphaelite poem Goblin Market by Christina Rosseti.

Rosseti’s celebrated and disturbing narrative poem is a unique combination in British literature of the grotesque, the fairy tale, the erotic and the moral - a jaw-dropping sensual outpouring by a repressed Victorian woman who never married.

This new setting of the 1859 poem combines recital with dance and music and was composed in Brighton by harpist, Elizabeth-Jane Baldry in 2007. Intended for a concert in the States, it had to be heavily edited. “This Victorian fairy poem was deemed too racy for a 21st century American audience and all the best bits were cut!” laughs Elizabeth-Jane, “It’s so exciting to present the premiere of the complete, unedited poem in the city where I composed the setting, a city which will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Actress Maxine Fone was principal dancer for Matthew Bourne’s Adventures in Motion Pictures and has danced all the great prima ballerina roles in the West End and on Broadway. She also sang with the Mediaeval Babes. An expressive and passionate performer, she brings Goblin Market to life in a magical combination of narration and dance.

Elizabeth-Jane Baldry is a composer, harpist and filmmaker. At the 2006 Brighton festival she was the only British performer shortlisted for “Best Classical Event” award. “She is a great artist and consummate performer. She can draw more tone colours out of the instrument than any other harpist living in the world today.” (David Watkins, harp professor, Guildhall School of Music)


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Goblin market can be seen at the Friends Meeting house, Ship Street, Brighton on Sunday 8th May from 7pm. Tickets are �10 and include Goblin juice and Fairy fruits

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