Gormenghast: Titus Groan
by Mervyn Peake
In April 2012, Blackshaw Theatre staged a five day run of Gormenghast: Titus Groan, Blackshaw's
first major production.
It was a huge success and we'd like to thank all those who put in so much of their time and effort to help make it so.
If you missed it, don't fret, this won't be the last you'll hear of this play. So sign up to our mailing list to be the first to find out about future performances, and in the mean time, check out some reviews via the links below.
What is Gormenghast?
Blackshaw's stage adaptation of Mervyn Peake's Titus Groan, started development since October 2010. The production of Gormenghast: Titus Groan ran in April 2012, in association with Iris Theatre.
The 'Gormenghast series', or 'Titus books', written by artist, author and poet Mervyn Peake, are set in a timeless world with a rigid class structure, thousands of age old traditions, and one ambitious kitchen boy. Titus Groan tells the first part of the story; the birth of Gormenghast's heir, the descent of the Earl into madness, and Steerpike, a kitchen boy determined to better himself at all costs and who by doing so shakes Gormenghast to its very core.
Filled with rich characters, detailed description and vivid imagery, we felt that the Gormenghast series is ripe for a new theatrical interpretation. From Blackshaw members, a team of writers came together to work on the adaptation. With Vikki Weston at the helm (as editor/dramaturg), our writing team; Prudence Chamberlain, Poppy Corbett, Max Olesker and Richard Stratton; readied the script for the 2012 production.
Readings from Gormenghast: Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
On the 6th of October 2011, at St. Pancras Parish Church, Euston Road, London, Blackshaw presented the first public reading of our adaptation of Gormenghast: Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake.