Casting for Paradise Lost, staged reading “For Man to tell how…


Oliver Bennett – Satan


Oliver Bennett – Satan and Hilary Tones – Sin


Rachel Winters – Narrator 1 and Beth Eyre – Narrator 2


Beth Eyre – Narrator 2 (left) and Rachel Winters – Narrator 1


Tok Stephen – Adam and Aruhan Galieva – Eve

Casting for Paradise Lost, staged reading 

“For Man to tell how human life began is hard; for who himself beginning knew?”

John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost demands to be performed. Through a tactile and rich language dictated by the blind poet to his daughters, Milton details the Fall of humankind.

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Through our Research in Action staged reading we will test the performance value of this poem. Research in Action is a kind of workshop forum that takes research questions about Early Modern drama and sets it on its feet in front of a public audience. For academics and interested readers, this kind of exercise can lead to all sorts of revelations. When you add voices and bodies and space a text can reveal itself in new ways. 

Get a sneak peek into the rehearsal and hear from our academics in this video.

On 14 May Dr Eric Langley’s adaptation is directed by Dr Farah Karim-Cooper and Dr Emma Whipday. In the “creative, playful and dangerous” practice of actors performing the poem we hope to learn a thing or two. If you are joining us on that date expect to be asked for your opinion.

Find out more about Research in Action: Staging Milton’s Paradise Lost.