Plays Directory : Orpheus

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Kenneth McLeish
  • Written
    Unknown
  • Setting
    Modern
  • Overview
    The play Orpheus by Kenneth McLeish is a Twenty First century interpretation of the ancient myth of Orpheus. In this new version, Orpheus imagines he is gifted with magical powers and believes he can bring his lover back to life. Failure of this feat threatens his faith in both art and God.

    The start of the play gives space to Demeter, who explains the story of the seasons, and how the loss of her child 'Kore' created the changing of the seasons, and how she created the land, Mother Earth. The play is created as a 'tale to be told' and that the audience has been gathered to hear this tale and learn by it. Demeter and her nephew Dionysos argue to whether the tale should be told and at whose expense it is really at. Demeter and Dionysos both make a style of a prediction to how the story will end, and sets up to who will win this prediction and who will lose it.

    The play deals with loss, and in this case the loss of a loved one, and shows how Orpheus deals with this, and the lengths he will go to rescue his loved one (Eurydike) and bring her back from the world of the dead. Death, the way it is represented in Homer's book, The Odyssey, is always caused by human error. Whether their death was caused by greed, selfishness, or just being curious, many people died in The Odyssey. And it is the same with Orpheus, the death of Eurdike was caused by the lust of Orpheus's cousin Aristaios towards Eurydike and through the curiosity of Orpheus to whether she was behind him on the return from the Underworld.

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1 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Shamira Turner
2018, Triplet, Accordion, Fury, Hermes, Boatman, Horse Theatre Theatre
Battersea Arts Centre
Laura Hammond
Laura Hammond
Company Stage Manager
2018, CSM
Battersea Arts Centre
Mark Webber
Mark Webber
Sound Designer
2018, Sound No. 2
The Opera House, Wellington NZ
Laura Barton
Laura Barton
Deputy Stage Manager
2018, DSM
Battersea Arts Centre
Isabella Hayward
2018, Secret Gospel/Soul Choir Member
Gatsby's Drugstore
Matthew O'Leary
Matthew O'Leary
Electrician, Chief
2017, Relighter
The Tivoli, Brisbane
Eleanor Crouch
2017, Ensamble
The Farnham Maltings
Laura Barton
Laura Barton
Deputy Stage Manager
2017, DSM
The Tivoli, Brisbane
Shamira Turner
2017, Triplet, Accordion, Fury, Hermes, Boatman, Horse Theatre
Brisbane Festival, Australia
Laura Hammond
Laura Hammond
Company Stage Manager
2017, CSM
The Tivioli, Brisbane Australia
Eleanor Richards
Eleanor Richards
Assistant Stage Manager
2015, Candle Deputy
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Laura Barton
Laura Barton
Deputy Stage Manager
2015, DSM
UK Tour
Helen Comerford
Helen Comerford
Deputy Stage Manager
2015, Deputy Stage Manager
Laura Hammond
Laura Hammond
Company Stage Manager
2015, CSM
Royal Opera House, Bristol Old Vic, Nuffield Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Liverpool Everyman
Niall Thorpe
Niall Thorpe
Actor
2015, Orpheus
Rose Bruford
Lucy Hansom
Lucy Hansom
Lighting Designer
2015, Production Electrician
ROH Linbury Studio Theatre & UK tour
Shamira Turner
2015, Triplet, Accordion, Fury, Hermes, Boatman, Horse Theatre
Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio; Bristol Old Vic; Nuffield Southampton; Liverpool Everyman; Birmingham Rep
Sorcha Corcoran
Sorcha Corcoran
Set Designer
2015, Set and Costume Designer
Théâtre de Ménilmontant Paris
Chloe Turner
Chloe Turner
Assistant Stage Manager
2014, Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager
Battersea Arts Centre
Sorcha Corcoran
Sorcha Corcoran
Set Designer
2014, Set and Costume Designer
Rose Bruford College