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Scenes from a Brummie Iliad – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writer: Roderick Smith, based on Homer's Iliad Directors: Madeleine Kludje and Philip Morris Reviewer: James Garrington Homer’s Iliad is a lengthy and detailed epic poem, with a huge array of characters – Greeks, Trojans and Gods. That undoubtedly creates difficulties in translating even the essence of a part of it onto the stage. Writer Roderick Smith has had a fair ...

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The Odyssey – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Writer/Director: Nir Paldi Writer/Performer: George Mann Reviewer: Kris Hallett A person walks across a space and another watches. This in essence, with a doff of a cap to Peter Brook, is theatre. The art-form has always encompassed a massive compendium of parts, for every big mass marketed spectacle, your Wickeds or Disney factory tent poles, you have works like this, ...

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The Odyssey – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Homer Adaptor: Kerry Frampton and Ben Hales Director: Matt Wilde, Lucy Cuthbertson &Lucy Hopkins Reviewer: Lizz Clark It's one of the oldest stories we know: an epic tale of one man's struggle to return home. But have you ever seen a version of The Odyssey where the hero was played by a wooden spoon? Yes, that's right: Splendid Productions ...

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The Last Days of Troy – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The Royal Exchange has high hopes for The Last Days of Troy. Simon Armitage’s re-telling of the Trojan War legend transfers to The Globe in London after its Manchester run. The production features a large cast supplemented by local volunteers who swell battle scenes and achieve rapid changes. Armitage, and director ...

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The Odyssey – Derby Theatre

Writer: Mike Kenny Music: Ivan Stott Director: Sarah Brigham Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Homer’s Odyssey is one of the great adventures in literature and Sarah Brigham’s theatrical interpretation does not disappoint. In a new version by Mike Kenny, The Odyssey charts the epic voyage of one man’s 20 year journey to return to his home of Ithica and his faithful wife ...

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NEWS: Surrane Jones opens Royal Exchange’s Spring/Summer 2014 Season

Award winning TV and stage actress Surrane Jones is set to star in Virginia Woolf’s gender swapping production Orlando at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre from 20th February – she was last seen at the Exchange in Noel Coward’s Blythe Spirit in 2009. Following on from Orlando is a new production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing which will be helmed ...

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The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin [rating: 4.5] The Paper Cinema started out in 2004, founded by Nicholas Rawling, Imogen Charleston and Christopher Reed operating as an ensemble creating collaborative performance work. The Odyssey features an ensemble of five incredibly talented musicians andpuppeteers/animators to create a feature length live animation. The Paper Cinema's Odyssey is ineffable, but for the purposes of this review ...

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Odyssey – The Paper Cinema and Battersea Arts Centre at Warwick Arts Centre

Writer: Homer (original epic) Music: Christopher Reed, Ed Dowie, Quinta and Matthew Brown Reviewer: Jude Evans [rating:4.5] The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey is nothing short of exceptional. This is an ensemble performance developed out of BAC’s scratch process and made up of five performers, two puppeteers and three musicians, creating the company’s first feature length film. But this is no ordinary ...

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