Platero and I

Jacob and Gideon CordoverInternationally renowned classical guitarist Jacob Cordover joins forces with his brother, Gideon – an award winning actor and NIDA graduate, to bring to life Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s musicalisation of Platero and I.

Set for narrator and classical guitar, these beautiful reflections of the simple joys of life tell of the adventures of a young man and his donkey, Platero, in their Andalusian Village.

Written a century ago by Spanish poet and Nobel Prize Laureate Juan Ramón Jiménez, with music added decades later by Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, each movement is a snapshot of their life together: their friendship, the change of seasons, children in the village, carnival, life and death and so on.

In this setting, the beautifully crafted music colours the narration and brings the whole experience to life, captivating the minds and attention of audiences of all ages.

Since graduating from NIDA in 2010, Gideon Cordover has won Best Actor at the Griffin Theatre’s 24 Hour Play Offs and performed in over eighty theatres across Australia, the United States and Canada with tours of Tim Winton’s The Bugalugs Bum Thief and Jackie French’s Hitler’s Daughter for Monkeybaa Theatre Company. Gideon also appeared in the series 3 finale of Rescue Special Ops on Channel 9. Gideon recently performed at Music By The Sea on Vancouver Island, accompanying musicians as a narrator.

Currently residing in Barcelona, Jacob Cordover is recognized as one of the finest classical guitarists of his generation. With a truly international career, his ‘consummate artistry’ (Adelaide Advertiser) continues to entice audiences in over a dozen countries across four continents. Jacob has appeared as soloist with the Las Colinas Symphony, the Arlington Symphony, the Garland Symphony, the Orquestra Simfònica de Balears “Ciutat de Palma” and the Orchestra dell’Accademia l’Ottocento. Aside from his solo performances he is an active chamber musician performing regularly with his ensembles the Australian Guitar Duo (with Rupert Boyd) and Zoco Duo (with Laura Karney, oboe) as well as numerous collaborations with string quartets, singers, cello and piano.

Platero and I
Backspace – Theatre Royal, 29 Campbell Street, Hobart
Performance: Saturday 15 August 2015 – 7.00pm
Bookings: (03) 6233 2299 or online at:

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Image: Gideon and Jacob Cordover