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Aleister Crowley: A Passion for Evil
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Cheating the Reaper
April 02, 2011 03:09 AM PDT
A gripping account of surviving an avalanche on an ice climb in Canada.
13 mins AudioDisaster on Kanchenjunga
March 23, 2011 12:55 AM PDT
The final episode of John Burns trilogy about the mountaineering life of Aleister Crowley. Kenchenjunga was Crowley's last great expedition but the events on that maountain were to cast a shadow over Crowley's reputation for the rest of his life.
John Burns assesses the acheivements of Crowley as a mountaineer.
Read more in the book of John's play, Becoming the BeastFrom Mexico to K2 Part 2 of Aleister Crowley: Mountaineer
July 05, 2010 10:10 AM PDT
John Burns continues his podcast series about the Mountaineering achievements of Aleister Crowley. Follow Crowley's adventures in the volcano's of mexico and finally on to one of the most formidible mountains of the world, K2.
Why did Crowley carry a revolver, what happened to a mexican journalist who doubted his claims to mountaineering sucess. Find out in this brand new podcast.
21 mins AudioPlay Preview
May 31, 2010 11:03 AM PDT
Two minute Youtube video of the one man play. Check it out and come along...if you dare!Aleister Crowley: mountaineer
April 11, 2010 03:01 AM PDT
John Burns expolres how Crowely became a climber and reads stories from his confessions. From Wastdale Head to the Alps
20 mins AudioEpisode 3 The Sorceress
April 02, 2010 12:06 PM PDT
In this episode John Burns performs a dramatised version of an account of magical battle that Crowley includes in Chapter 42 of The Confessions. This is unusual in that it is actually not written by Crowley himself but is quoted from the writing of Captain J F C Fuller.
Audio 10 minsThe Search for Crowley
March 28, 2010 09:50 AM PDT
John Burns talks about his inspiration for writing his play about Aleister Crowley and the problems he encountered in bring this most enigmatic of men back to life. There are extracts from the play included and as John exlores a man who lived on the edge of darkness.
22 mins audioAleister Crowley: A passion for Evil. Short extract from the play
March 21, 2010 07:02 AM PDT
Listen to a short extract from John Burns' new play about the life of Aleister Crowley. You can see the play at the Edinburgh fringe between the 6th and the 28th of August at the C Venue in Chambers Street. tickets will be available soon when the Edinburgh fringe website goes live later tyhis year. for more infomation contact john at firstname.lastname@example.org
Podcast of the Edinburgh Fringe play by John Burns about Aleister Crowley
Aleister Crowley: A Passion for Evil A new play by John Burns Edinburgh Fringe Box Office 0845 260 1234 Show starts 16.05 C venues Aleister Crowley was one of the most controversial men of the 20th century, he was a mountaineer, a poet and a chess grand master but he is most remembered as the world’s greatest expert on the occult, a man whose magical powers have no equal. Crowley was reviled by Victorian society as he cast aside its religious and moral strictures and sought to find a new faith in the teachings of the occult and, what we today, would call black magic. The play opens with Crowley backstage in a provincial theatre. Bankrupt and desperate for money he has been forced to perform as a travelling magician and to write his autobiography, The Confessions, as a way of earning a living. He reveals that within his performance there is a ritual that could summon a demon if he were to perform the full ceremony involving shedding his own blood and risking death. Throughout the play he toys with the idea of killing himself and summoning a demon so the audience wait to find out what will happen. As the play unfolds Crowley re-lives the significant events in his life. He talks to Harry Houdini challenging him to reveal that his feats of escape were not tricks but actually did involve the use of occult forces. He returns to his childhood and talks to his deeply religious father teasing him about his son’s notoriety. Crowley then travels on in his imagination acting out the death of his friend Pache in a climbing accident in the Himalayas. After this he returns to England, marries and, whilst on honeymoon in Cairo he invokes a demon and writes the Book of Law, his bible. As his money runs out Crowley sinks into despair, his writing is rejected by publishers due to his reputation. He travels to Italy to set up an abbey but after his initial happiness this turns sour as his daughter dies of disease and he is forced into exile. Finally Crowley re-lives the death of his father, revealing that it was this event that led him to reject Christianity and turn to the dark side. In the final act Crowley returns to the stage as though performing his magic act. He challenges the audience to follow him into the realms of the occult and to reject their religious beliefs as providing them with a place to hide without living with reality. Finally he performs the ritual stabbing himself and returning to make his peace with his father in his last moments.
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