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THE REMARKABLE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS


presented by Affetto

at Jewish Prayer House, West Coast Rd, Oratia, Auckland
From 1 Mar 2013 to 3 Mar 2013



Reviewed by:  Lexie Matheson;

INNOVATIVE EARLY MUSIC GROUP AFFETTO IN NEW PROGRAMME OF DELICIOUSLY SENSUAL AND TRAGICALLY BEAUTIFUL JACOBEAN AND RESTORATION MUSIC 

Praised as ‘inspired programmers' by Metro Magazine, Early music ensemble, Affetto, was formed in 2010 to explore the lesser-known chamber music of the Baroque and Renaissance. The four members of Affetto are all Early music specialists, leaders in their respective fields, Kiwis, overseas trained, all playing authentic instruments and all hopelessly passionate about Early music.

JULIAN WILSON (Pepys) Julian is a professional Wellington actor with a strong background in improvisational, physical and devised theatre. Since graduating from Toi Whakaari in 2001 he has travelled the country with Capital E and has appeared as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at Downstage and as Cohen in The Underpants, for which he won a Chapmann Tripp Theatre Award in 2006.

A ruler beheaded. A society ripped apart by civil war and plague. A city in ruin! Award winning Early music ensemble Affetto joins with actor Julian Wilson to take you back in time to the turbulent events of mid-seventeenth century London. Reflect on the beheading of Charles 1, the great Fire, the Plague and less dramatic domestic events through the insightful diary of Samuel Pepys, and glorious music from the composers of the time, Henry Purcell, John Blow, John Jenkins and others.

Praised as 'inspired programmers' and winners of the Best Musical Production at the 2011 Auckland Fringe Festival, Affetto brings the music of the 17th century to life in this brand new show, on authentic instruments and with passionate musicality.

Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to www.aucklandfringe.co.nz

The Remarkable Diary of Samuel Pepys
1st and 2nd March at 7.30pm, Ponsonby Baptist Church, Jervois Rd.
3rd March at 3.00pm, Jewish Prayer House, West Coast Rd, Oratia.
Price: $25.00, under 18 free. No other concessions.
Booking: (09) 378 1057 or email musicians@affetto.co.nz