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Lavinia Greenlaw - The Icelandic Journals

4 Extra Debut. At the height of his fame, William Morris left his philandering wife for Iceland, to find out how to live. Stars Joseph Millson. From November 2013.

At the height of his fame, William Morris left his wife Janey and mentor Rossetti to their affair and headed for Iceland, as ever in pursuit of an answer to the question: how to live? While travelling this starkly dramatic landscape, he kept a journal for his confidante Georgie, the wife of his friend Edward Burne-Jones. The journals are Morris at his best: visually attentive, relishing wonders and noting every good dinner as well as every shift of light and mood. He also writes about what he doesn't know he's feeling: what it means to go away and come back, to be apart and alone. Setting the journals in this context, Lavinia Greenlaw has drawn on the letters and journals of Morris's circle to reimagine the events of that summer.

The music is Debussy's String Quartet in G Minor performed by the Alban Berg Quartet.
Production Coordinator: Eleri McAuliffe
Sound: Nigel Lewis
A BBC/Cymru Wales production, written and directed by Lavinia Greenlaw and produced by Kate McAll.

45 minutes

Last on

Tue 9 Oct 2018 21:15


Role Contributor
William Morris Joseph Millson
Georgiana Burne-Jones Lyndsey Marshal
Erik Magnusson Harry August
Janey Morris Janine Cooper-Marshall
Dante Gabriel Rossetti Dominic Geraghty
Parson Dominic Geraghty
Guard Dominic Geraghty
Edward Burne-Jones Matthew Gravelle
Writer Lavinia Greenlaw
Director Lavinia Greenlaw
Producer Kate McAll


  • Wed 13 Nov 2013 14:15
  • Tue 9 Oct 2018 11:15
  • Tue 9 Oct 2018 21:15

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