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Lakeside are keen to get this online blog party started so I thought I would tell you about our latest in-house production which premiered at Lakeside Arts Centre between 6 and 21 March 2009 and went on to show at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre between the 26 – 28 March 2009.
Empty Bed Blues is a tragic-comic stage poem written by local writer Stephen Lowe and based on a weekend in the life of D.H Lawrence. Lowe’s vision has been brought to life by Lakeside’s Theatre Programmer and Producer Matt Aston.
Why D.H Lawrence?
Before telling you all about this critically acclaimed stage piece I thought I would tell you a little about the significance of this play being produced and shown at our venue.
D.H Lawrence has an extremely strong connection with Nottingham and The University of Nottingham. Born in Eastwood on 11 September 1885, Lawrence grew up in Nottinghamshire and eventually studied for his teacher’s certificate at the then University College Nottingham.
D.H Lawrence was influential both in his own era and remains so today – he is probably best known for his novel ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’.
2 March 2010 sees the 80th anniversary of his death but he is very much alive in our heart and minds – and of course on stage thanks to Empty Bed Blues!
Lawrence was known for exploring a wide range of subject matter and an even broader range of emotions – producing a seemingly inexhaustible supply of short stories, poems, essays, letters, painting and writing for stage.
An extensive collection of these works are held in the Manuscripts and Special Collections department at the University of Nottingham – one of the most comprehensive in the world. This fruitful source of information was utilised by our cast and creative team in order to make Empty Bed Blues a true reflection of the life and times of Lawrence.
D.H Lawrence has had a long association with the University of Nottingham. Lakeside has a special connection in that our theatre is housed inside the ‘D.H Lawrence Pavilion’ next to the lake on University Park.
Lakeside and Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) Presents Premiere
Empty Bed Blues
In 1929, DH Lawrence and his wife visited two wealthy young Americans, hoping they might finance an edition of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. The quartet proves to be a potent, unpredictable combination.
Penniless and desperate to find a publisher for his “Lady Chatterley”, Lawrence and Frieda turn to a legendary couple of the American “lost generation”, the drug fuelled poet and publisher Harry Crosby and his beautiful sculptress wife, Caresse. Their passionate experiment in the total excess of living collides with the Lawrence’s more painful relationship, revealing a major clash of culture, of class and of sexual desire.
Empty Bed Blues is based on the diaries of all four of the characters.
Having premiered at Lakeside Arts Centre between 6 – 21 March, Empty Bed Blues showed at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre at the University of Lincoln between 26 – 28 March 2009. www.lpac.co.uk
Reviews and Blog
http://www.lakesidearts.org.uk/InHouseProductions/Empty_Bed_Blues.html to read reviews and to view a daily blog which followed the process of producing the stage piece.
Photography by Alan Fletcher
Until next time…
Lakeside Arts Centre