Shadowlands, the controversial love affair drama of the Narnia chronicles author C.S Lewis and American poet Joy, is a moving and confronting play that has had many adaptations on theatre stages world wide. It’s also been filmed twice, for TV and the big screen. Today the Brisbane Powerhouse opens a short run of Shadowlands from: 29th July until 31 July and 4th August until 7 August.
A few years ago I had the pleasure of seeing the large scale West End theatre version of William Nicholson’s Shadowlands in London and the intensity, drama and complexities of finding love still linger in the back of my mind today. In brief, it explores the joy and grief of “experience: the most brutal of teachers”. I remember feeling saddened that C.S Lewis found Joy so late in his life (in his 50s when he was an ultimate bachelor), and was forced to explore the full breadth of emotions that falling in love entails, even when faced with the inevitable – death. It’s a soulful play that simply cannot help but stir.
So if you fancy some intensity this winter, I suggest you check the Aussie theatre talent (Brisbane and Sydney actors) who will take to the Brisbane Powerhouse stage at New Farm. Tickets are $35 (concession $25) and can be booked online.