Ralph Steadman

Plague and the Moonflower

Dramatic and fierce, epic and personal, the drawings for Plague and the Moonflower illustrate the tale of a world being destroyed by a Plague Demon who falls in love with the Moonflower whose tropical environment he is destroying. It was a collaboration with Richard Harvey whose score gave Ralph Steadman's words wings. Performed in Exeter, Salisbury and Canterbury Cathedrale's the images stood 20ft tall on projection screens, high in the air under vaulted roofs.

Now they scream out from the page so loudly that they are almost audible. The impression the make is so strong it pulses off the paper in waves of anger at what man is doing to his only home. The project was called an eco-opera by its collaborators and frighteningly resonates even more strongly today.


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