The Hackney Volpone, or The Fox by Ben Jonson
Directed by Anna Jones
NYLon Projects in collaboration with The Mill Co. Project retell a classic comedy about obsessive greed and a hoax which threatens to spin out of control. Across one day, three years of deception finally catch up with nobleman Volpone and his faithful servant Mosca, leading to a series of ever more unfortunate events.
First performed in 1605, Ben Jonson’s play is as relevant as it was then with its central theme of how greed and desire still drive us to utter stupidity, selfishness and sin. NYLon Projects’ bold and irreverent production uses a new cut and involved a supporting cast of local people, helping to make the play accessible and immersive to London in 2014.
“Volpone’s deviousness is only equalled by his seemingly-loyal servant, Mosca. These masters of mischief make an entertaining pairing, played with a roguish, slightly homoerotic chemistry. Nuts to their comeuppance; you want them to get away with it. Until the attempted sexual assault, that is.
With a minimal set, live piano music and costumes that mix modern and Jacobean elements, the show has a ragtag charm. This is an endearing production and one that doesn’t deserve to slip under the radar.”
The Evening Standard
UPCOMING POST SHOW EVENTS
Wednesday 30 July: Community/Professional Collaboration
There will be a free post-show discussion in the bar discussing community/professional collaboration led by Margaret Glover. Special guests include Susie McKenna, Creative Director at Hackney Empire; Julia Porter, Vicar of St Peter De Beauvoir Town; Anna Jones, Director of The Hackney Volpone and Iain Christie, civic, workplace and community mediator.
Thursday 31 July: Diversity in Theatre and the Moving Image
Our second free post-show discussion, held in the bar, will discuss diversity in classical and contemporary drama in theatre and the moving image led by Margaret Glover. Special guests include actor Danny Lee Wynter from the Act for Change Project, Darren Raymond from Intermission Youth Theatre and Kevin Shen and Lucy Fenton from Special Relationship Productions.
They will be joined by Babou Ceesay who plays Mosca, Jamel Rodriguez who plays Volpone and Anastasia Osei-Kuffour, Associate Director of the Ensemble Cast.
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Sat Matinee 2.30pm
BONARIO/LADY WOULD-BE: Tom Canton (Arcola Theatre, Abbey Theatre Dublin, Death Comes to Pemberley)
MOSCA: Babou Ceesay (The National Theatre, Lewis, Half of a Yellow Sun)
VOLTORE/NANO: Karina Fernandez (The National Theatre, Mike Leigh’s Happy Go Lucky and Another Year)
CELIA/CORBACCIO: Amara Karan (RSC, Simon Pegg’s A Fantastic Fear of Everything, Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Ltd)
CORVINO/PEREGRINE: Simon Rhodes (The Spectators’ Guild, Leicester Square Theatre)
VOLPONE: Jamel Rodriguez (Roundhouse, Southwark Playhouse, Law and Order, US).
The ensemble cast of seven local people from Hackney are playing a variety of roles, from courtroom officials to household entertainers.
The ensemble cast comprises of film historian Stephen Hart, ex-offender support worker Alison Kakande, artist and Arcola 60+ regular Brian Innes, performing arts student and De Beauvoir resident Keon Martial-Phillip, Hackney Empire employee Melissa Bethune, Hackney newcomer direct from Venice Roberta Pierfederici and Carol Rowley who has lived in De Beauvoir for 53 years.
Designer: James Turner (winner of the Best Set Design at the 2013 Off-West End Awards for ‘Mercury Fur’)
Composer/Pianist: Elspeth Brooke (former composer-in-residence at The Royal Opera House)
Director: Anna Jones (Roundhouse, Southwark Playhouse, Young Vic)
Supported by the Arts Council and The Mill Co. Project.