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I didn’t encounter William Blake until later in life. In my first year of university, I was handed a photocopied extract from Blake’s First Book of Urizen and for months and months hated it with a vengeance. After a whole lot of research I managed to warm to Urizen though, even writing about it in an exam (remembering all those quotations by heart was a killer). But really, my own passion for Blake wasn’t truly ignited until I encountered his Songs of Innocence and Experience, a double volume of poetical works and illustrations that seemed to sum up everything great about the man.

While Songs of Experience are often tinged with sadness and regret, Songs of Innocence focuses on childlike experiences and wonder, making it the perfect set of poems to adapt into a stage performance mostly designed for children. As part of their run at Dance City, the Scottish Dance Theatre have put together an exploration of Blake’s imagination that’s sure to engage the little ones (and their adults) with the Romantic poet’s vast imagination. Featuring dance, live music, lots of songs, giggles and a few animal noises mixed in, it’s set to be a wonderful introduction to one of our greatest poets. It’ll definitely be better than my baptism of fire.

Innocence comes to Dance City, Newcastle on Saturday 25th April.

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