Adam Gordon

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Adam Gordon is an actor and a Director of Tooth + Nail Theatre Company. Born in Glasgow,  Scotland, where he grew up, he has been heavily involved in theatre from a young age. In 2010 after graduating from St Andrews University with an MA (hons) in English and Film, he went on to intern for the Writer’s Theatre in Chicago in 2011 before completing the two-year Professional Acting course at the École Jacques Lecoq in 2014. Previous work includes: Estragon, ‘Waiting for Godot’, Muckle Roe Productions at the Byre Theatre and Tour; Hedwig, ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’, Burnt Out Bulbs at GRV; (Director) ‘Dracula’, Daysleeper Productions at the Barron Theatre; Laertes, ‘Hamlet’, Two-Day Productions, C Venues, Edinburgh 2009.

In 2014, Adam co-founded Tooth + Nail, an international theatre company, at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq, in Paris. The Company’s original, devised work has been described as ‘dark, funny and highly physical.’ The most recent production, Hummingbird, has been performed at this years Edinburgh Festival Fringe, receiving excellent reviews.

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Paul Verlaine

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Born in 1844, Paul Verlaine was a highly distinguished literary poet, associated with the Symbolist movement, renowned for the structure and the restrained classicism of his work. After early literary success, Verlaine’s career was blown off course by his affair with the 17 year old Rimbaud. Leaving his wife and baby to embark on the affair in Brussels and then in London, and as a result spending 2 years in a Belgian prison, Verlaine was for some time persona non grata in French literary circles, re-emerging only in the 1890s as a leading figure in the so-called Decadent Movement, at which time he was often to be seen drinking absinthe in the cafes of the Left Bank in Paris.

Now recognised as one of the leading French poets of the 19th century, his poems have been set to music by most of celebrated French composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Thanks to Verlaine the poems of his friend Rimbaud were published after the latter’s death, and went on to revolutionise French poetry. More accessible and less iconoclastic than that of Rimbaud, Verlaine’s poetry is some of the best literary work of his era.

Arthur Rimbaud

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Born in 1854, the original enfant terrible, Rimbaud was a visionary modernist poet who transformed French poetry. A precocious literary genius from the town of Charleville, close to the border with Belgium, in 1871 he was introduced to the older and more established poet, Paul Verlaine, and started a scandalous love affair with him. Shortly afterwards the two poets ran away together to the relative anonymity of London, then a fast-developing industrial metropolis. During the brief time that he lived in London, Rimbaud probably worked on his two acknowledged masterpieces, Illuminations (Illuminations) and Une Saison en Enfer (A Season in Hell). After a terrible row at No 8 Royal College Street, the stormy relationship with Verlaine came to an abrupt end in June 1873. Verlaine later shot and wounded Rimbaud in a hotel room in Brussels, and ended up in a Belgian prison. Shortly after the split Rimbaud gave up literature for ever and went off to become an explorer, trader and arms dealer in the horn of Africa. He died in Marseilles in 1891 at the age of only 37.