BLACK BUTTON EYES PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

“GOBLIN MARKET”

BY POLLY PEN & PEGGY HARMON, MUSIC BY POLLY PEN

ADAPTED FROM THE POEM BY CHRISTINA ROSSETTI

 

“We must not look at goblin men

We must not buy their fruits

Who knows upon what soil they fed

Their hungry thirsty roots?”

Goblin Market, Christina Rossetti

Two adult sisters, Lizzie and Laura, return to their childhood home and relive the dark fantasies of their adolescence, in which goblin men capered and tempted them to sample forbidden fruits. When Laura succumbs to goblin blandishments, it is up to Lizzie to take a stand and save her sister’s life. Blending haunting songs and story theater, this musical adaptation of the poem by Christina Rossetti spins a captivating spell.


Poem by Christina Rossetti (b. 1830 - d. 1894)

"Goblin Market" (composed in April 1859 and published in 1862) is a narrative poem by Christina Rossetti. In a letter to her publisher, Rossetti claimed that the poem, which is interpreted frequently as having features of remarkably sexual imagery, was not meant for children. However, in public Rossetti often stated that the poem was intended for children, and went on to write many children's poems. When the poem appeared in her first volume of poetry, Goblin Market and Other Poems, it was illustrated by her brother, the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. (courtesy Wikipedia) 

Read the full text of the poem at the Poetry Foundation website.