Odyssey (Greek Stuff)

 

Odyssey (Greek Stuff)

Rabbit Theatre – Dave Mynne

Following his previous highly successful one man shows, Dave Mynne has pushed his comfort zone even further in tackling Homer’s Odyssey.
Dracula and Great Expectations were stories involving characters that resonated with audiences, we had a sense of knowing what to expect from both shows, but faced with a Greek epic that some of us only vaguely recall from school? How would the performance work if we don’t recognise the characters or the story itself? Would we feel inferior to our fellow audience members who might be better informed than us?
All worries were quickly forgotten the moment Dave Mynne stepped onto the stage quashing any initial doubts as he launched into his hilarious retelling of the classic tale. Utilising a piece of blue material and virtually no props Dave morphed into a legion of characters; as the story unfolded he brought to life opposing armies and their ensuing battles, the sacking of Troy and the subsequent struggle by Odysseus to return home to his wife and son.
The journey home after victory at Troy took 10 years, during this time Odysseus and his crew meet obstacles at every turn, they take on a Cyclops, are lured by Sirens, drugged by Lotus Eaters and Odysseus has a wild love affair with a witch goddess, Circe, who wreaks further havoc by turning his men into pigs. More drama follows as they are drawn into the depths of hell when Poseidon sends a storm to wreck the ship in retaliation for the death of the Cyclops who just happened to be Poseidon’s son.Eventually the hapless Odysseus finally arrives home, only to find that his wife, Penelope, has a queue of suitors trying to convince her of his demise and pestering to marry her. The final moments of this grand piece deliver an unexpectedly brilliant feminist sting in the tail.
Simon Harvey is probably the most wanted man in Cornish theatre, not much happens without Simon being involved somewhere along the line. Simon’s directorial skills are becoming legendary and his many collaborations within Cornish theatre are always a joy to watch. Working so closely with Dave Mynne on Dracula and Great Expectations led to them creating this amazing piece of genius together, bringing wonderful wordsmith Anna Maria Murphy in to add a little extra magic seals the deal.
Odyssey (Greek Stuff) is a bizarre and triumphant story of war, death, love, lunacy, cannibalism, determination and legend. I urge you to see this show and let Dave Mynne take you on a marvellously funny journey back through the mists of time to a world where gods and mythical creatures ruled.
For tour dates visit – www.rabbittheatre.com
Sheila Vanloo
February 2017

Article by: Sheila V
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