Myths have been inspiring storytellers for centuries.
Perhaps now, more than ever, in this fast-paced world drenched with information, the need for myths is more prevalent: they have the ability to still the spirit, infuse it with wonder and hope.
Enter Orpheus by The Flanagan Collective & Gobbledigook Theatre, a spoken word epic that retells the classic Ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, a story that explains how love can survive anything, even death.
Written and performed by Phil Grainger and Alexander Wright, Orpheus fuses spoken word and guitar to create a world where “death does not mean dead” and love is the colour of the sun and sky spun into golden threads.
Add some lads, late night karaoke, Bruce Springsteen and a café full of Old Gods, and the ancient is made relevant in a most sublime manner.
The story follows Dave, a big-hearted boy who learns to sing flowers into existing until he hits middle school. Here, the pressure of being big and growing up dulls his world, turning it grey. That is, until, he meets Eurydice, a tree nymph made mortal.
Now, you could say the rest is ancient history, but the strength of this show is how Wright and Grainger retell this classic myth with such incredible heart and sensitivity, even drawing on elements from other Ancient Greek myths to embellish more beauty into the narrative.
Grainger’s singing and guitar playing is truly mesmerising, but Wright has to be thoroughly commended in the way he delivers his spoken word: yes, parts are read from a hefty leather notebook, but his energy begins big and does not falter for a second throughout the entire 70 minutes of this production.
He is a joy to behold.