Dates and Times
Thu 4 - Sat 6 Feb at 7.30pm & 2.30pm Sat Mat
Presented by UCLU Musical Theatre Society
Directed by Madeleine Edis
Written by Teresa Howard and Steven Edis; the story is based upon true events and lives of William Morris and his wife, Jane Burden and the Pre-Raphaelite artist, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his wife and model, Lizzie Siddal. The performance takes influence from the Gothic era and shows such as The Woman in Black.
Possessed is set in the bohemian art world of 19th Century London – based on the story of Jane Burden, wife of designer William Morris and muse of Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Jane was discovered in the backstreets of Oxford by Gabriel but married Morris and learned to become a “lady”. When Gabriel’s wife, Lizzie Siddal, kills herself with an overdose of laudanum, he loses the will to paint. Morris, his great friend, offers him his wife as a model, hoping that inspiration will return. But as Jane poses for Gabriel, her first love, Jane puts her marriage and family on the line. Although Morris tries to put art first, his ideals start to crumble as Gabriel tips over into madness. It is left to Jane to decide between the men she loves, her children and art.
About The Company
The award-winning UCLU Musical Theatre Society strives to produce and deliver the very best of musical theatre to the students of UCL. Each academic year the society puts on 2 large scale productions, commencing this year with The Mystery of Edwin Drood. In second term we will be performing West Side Story. The society also stages other small-scale productions in internal and external venues – Possessed being the second term small scale production at Camden people’s Theatre – as well as running large-scale volunteering projects, socials galore, and workshops. Whether you’re an actor, musician, dancer, director, producer, costume or graphic designer, or simply love musicals, we cater for you!