The Clay of Eden is based on the biblical account of Adam and Eve however modernised into a contemporary setting.
The Clay of Eden began its life as a concept album by writer and musician, Rustee. It has since then been adapted into a film script and stage play.
In a modern age, Adam, a son born from rich opulence meets Eve, a humble yet beautiful woman, the epitome of innocence, living on the street. The devil is portrayed by Viper, a close friend of Adam’s yet with a dark and mysterious past and infamy. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil has become flesh in the form of a man, the ‘Dealer’, and the golden apple has become a pill. The guitarist is an ever-present guardian angel who never speaks and can not be seen by the cast.
I made the musical a contemporary version of the Adam and Eve story so it’s more relatable for one, but also to give it a new setting that hasn’t been done to death, and although it’s an interpretation, I’ve also tried to keep everything consistent with the actual story. I had to put in a little bit of padding because otherwise with just a few paragraphs to go from in the biblical text, it would make a 10 minute show! But the core message and main themes remain unchanged.
Adam and Eve the musical, for me, was something I couldn’t get away from. Which is a strange thing to say but essentially true. I felt there was so much depth to the tale and so much more that could be fleshed out. For example, surely there was an horrific internal struggle before the eating of the apple, and I wanted to portray that especially through the music.
I also saw the tale as one of the very few ‘love stories’ in the Bible. And what a setting for a love story! For there can be no greater match under the sweeping breadth of heaven than for two, not having found each other by chance but actually formed, one for the other, by the creator of all things including the very depth of the human heart itself.
A question often asked of me is how I portrayed the Eve character and where is the blame for the eating of the apple. For me, Eve is a beautiful character, the perfect woman created for the perfect man. Being a sensitive topic in the 21st Century, I certainly do not want to throw around accusation or condemnation. The musical is not about directing blame, and if it were it would be the Satan character who would surely bear the brunt! As the musical progresses I wanted to portray the strength of Eve, a young mother-to-be, trying to survive in dire circumstances and a shortened life, all for the sake of her unborn child.
I wanted to take the focus away from the story being about sin and punishment to rather beauty, tragedy and loss. As a Christian, I don’t see the predominant characteristic of God as wrath but as love and wanted to portray that through the Father character as heartbreak for the couple. Heartbreak for the two lives of his children cut short.
A full version of The Clay of Eden is available for churches, community theatre, or professional theatre groups, but for those who haven’t the resource for the 2 1/2 hour production there also exists a shortened ‘songs only’ version with minimal cast, props, etc. All resources are available, to those wanting to put on the show.
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