Jane Burden was a muse - something she gave Morris and Rossetti made them better artists. Being a muse is not a passive condition. She inspired and transformed them, as they in turn transformed her life.
Karl Roberts from JABOD called up today to tell me he is having a general meeting with Peter Dunphy our Multi-Media Designer and will also be discussing POSSESSED. It is Karl I have to thank for introduced Peter and I at a riotous supper party a few weeks ago. Karl is one of the most imaginative people I know. Once you manage to light the blue touch paper he is transported and can come up with the most amazing ideas. He had come up with the concept of fusing not only the art of the Pre-Raphaelites and contemporary technology and design but also introducing elements of Victorian theatre technology as well. Zeotrope, Magic Lantern and Phantasmagorie effects could be used, especially in the ghost sequeces in the musical. They would be realised in a contemporary way but add something quite unique to the atmosphere of the musical.
Trying to bring the theatre and the film design world together feels extremely exciting. I know it is not new but I don't think it has been approached in this way before. We are not just trying to make the musical more spectacular, we are actually trying to cross the divide between these art forms and say something about "art" and inspiration as well.