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17 September, 2019

A life, a love story, a trip to the underworld

This modern retelling of the Eurydice myth weaves together storytelling, music and even a bit of pantomime.

While it might not be the first myth one would think to bring to a contemporary context, the broad themes of love lost, regret and redemption work well in any era.

There are a lot of good features in this production including the two leads, the dynamic movement around the stage, some lovely tunes and even a nice bit of audience participation.

The lighting is such that you can see not just what happens on stage but also to the audience on the other side of the room.

It’s actually quite fascinating to watch other people react – a mini version of what actors must see from their side of the fourth wall.

Overall, the story fell down slightly for me in that it seemed to be cramming too much in.

Bringing Aristaeus to the forefront of the story was an interesting tangent but I wonder why the writer chose to focus our attention there.

My companion was rather confused by the whole thing.

Alas, not being a student of the classics and it did make me wonder if a simpler retelling of the myth may have had more broad appeal.

That said, Eurydice is an engaging piece of theatre, performed well and did inspire me to go back and re-read about Euryidce, Aristaeus and Orpheus.