“Also offering an Edinburgh preview in the coming week, the students of Kings College London are showing their new adaptation of Orpheus and Eurydice from the 24th to the 28th at 7.30pm in their Strand Campus. Promising new writing, abstract physical drama and an entirely original soundtrack, this could well be one of the cheapest and most innovative nights around, with the added bonus of perhaps seeing the stars of tomorrow’s theatre before they’ve barely hatched.” (Andrew Haydon, Time Out.)
Skulking Shades haunt the derelict space as this new and intense interpretation of the Orpheus legend unfolds in a narrative driven by human interaction. Exploring the nature of reliance, exposing raw and painful emotions, ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’ speeds towards its tragic conclusion with an explosion of theatrical technique.
Eurydice, the headlining act in a backstreet nightclub, is driven by her fear of being let down. When she meets Orpheus, a talented new act, her world turns upside-down and she is forced to make a choice between security and the unknown. Orpheus however is dogged by his pressing ambition to make a legend of himself, and pushes her away. Eurydice walks into the rain to the forest of Persephone, the twisted Queen of the Underworld. Orpheus realizes he must save her, persuading Charon to ferry him to Hades. On reaching the banks, there is a terrible twist of misunderstanding, and he is told by pressing shades never to look back, or he’ll lose her for eternity. Running after her beloved in frenzy, Eurydice convinces him to look at her, and he loses his resolve. She fades away, let down, and the play ends as Orpheus loses memory to Lethe.
Orpheus – Johnny Chiodini
Eurydice – Victoria Gunn
Chorus 1: The Hopeless – Faye Merralls
Chorus 2: The Let Down – Paul Ridd
Aristaeus – Daniel Smith
The Accompanist – James Morrison-Corley
Persephone – Jo Wildash
Young Persephone – Georgia Clarke-Day
Charon – Tom Rosenthal