Michelangelo Drawing Blood

Michelangelo Drawing Blood

Michelangelo: painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and poet – the original, and perhaps ultimate, Renaissance man.

Michelangelo Drawing Blood delves into the forces that drove his genius – an obsession with human anatomy, a passionate response to the male body and an equally intense Christian faith.  Two male performers bring to life the fluid twists and turns of Michelangelo’s drawings accompanied by music composed by Charlie Barber and performed live on Renaissance instruments.

Music, concept + direction: Charlie Barber

Performers: James Hall (countertenor), László Rózsa (bass recorder), Jamie Akers (theorbo), Michael Clark (percussion), Ibrahim Aziz (viola da gamba), Aaron Jeffrey (dancer) and Stefano Giglioni (actor)

Choreography: Andy Howitt

Set design: Alex Robertson

Lighting design: Andy Hamer

Film: Barnaby Dicker

Recording engineer: James Clarke, Ty Cerdd studio

Production manager: Chris Wicks

Technical support: Alex Russell

Creative Consultant: Judi Hughes

Administration: Maja Palser

Marketing: Cathy Morris

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22.03.13MALVERNForum Theatre
27.03.13CARDIFFSherman Cymru
25.04.13LONDONSouthbank Centre, Purcell Room
26.04.13MANCHESTERRoyal Northern College of Music
27.04.13LIVERPOOLUnity Theatre
07.05.13CAMBRIDGEMumford Theatre
08.05.13SPALDINGSouth Holland Centre
09.05.13BIRMINGHAMmac (Midlands Arts Centre)
17.05.13BRECONTheatr Brycheiniog
14.06.13CHESTERMusic Festival
11.07.13CHELTENHAMMusic Festival
07 – 15.08.14EDINBURGHFringe Festival, Augustine Church

With the financial support of: Arts Council of England, Arts Council of Wales, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Radcliffe Trust, Hinrichsen Foundation, The Leche Trust, Gibbs Charitable Trust


Wales Arts Review (Peter Reynolds)

Bachtrack (Steph Power)

The Guardian (Rian Evans)

Broadway Baby (Gavia Baker-Whitelaw)

Birmingham Post (Richard Edmonds)

Broadway Baby (Peter Scott-Presland)




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