the Fool is Tavener's fourth collaboration with the director Lucy Bailey and, reportedly, his last Dramatic project with a libretto by Mother thekla, the 82 year old Orthodox Abbess from Whitby who has long been the composer's muse.
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the work portrays a "holy fool" of the Orthodox tradition as a bedraggled, screaming, snoring, guzzling, leaping and posturing oaf which he keeps with him in bed when he's not parading around the stage. the fool was apparently 'refined after a close encounter with Norman Wisdom.'
Keith Potter, Independant
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