21 September- 3 October 2015 / The Ffwrnes, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
“In the beginning there was no Beginning,
And in the end, no End…”
For this Ffwrnes Theatre production, directors Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes brought their trademark vision to the classic Greek story, Iliad.
This multimedia retelling of the final weeks of the Trojan War was told by a cast of great Welsh actors along with a troupe of interfering teenage gods.
Monday 21 & Monday 28 September
The Greeks have been on the beach for nine years. Their expedition to recover Helen, whose kidnapping sparked the war with the Trojans, has stalled. Tempers are frayed; leaders are squabbling. Achilles throws a strop and decides not to fight. The Gods take sides.
Can the Greeks survive without their greatest warrior? Will King Agamemnon go it alone? Can Troy’s best warrior Hector save his city?
Scenes of accusation and bad blood, of passion and anxiety, of fervour and doubt, of recklessness and funk.
ILIAD: THE HUSBANDS
Tuesday 22 and Tuesday 29 September
The Greeks are at the Trojan Wall, poised for battle. But the head of the Trojan army, Hector, has a plan to settle the never-ending conflict; his brother, Paris should fight Helen’s husband Menelaos, man to man; winner takes all.
But the Gods have other ideas…
Can compromise ever be reached in times of war? Who will remain true to their word? And will the Gods ever leave the humans alone?
Scenes of ritual and chivalry, of deceit and double-dealing, of claim and counter-claim, of hypocrisy and rage.
ILIAD: ALL DAY PERMANENT RED / COLD CALLS
Wednesday 23 and Wednesday 30 September
The armies hum. Thunder rolls.
And with ferocious energy, the two sides go to war.
Heroes hack and slice and scream. Warriors go berserk: roaring, slamming, clamouring. The Greeks are in peril. The Gods interfere.
Achilles broods in the distance, his anger simmering as he looks on…
Scenes of heroism and horror, of comradeship and craziness, of challenges and pleas, of daring deeds and cowardly acts.
ILIAD: WAR MUSIC
Thursday 24 September and Thursday 1 October
Achilles still refuses to fight, but his best friend Patroclus has a plan; to take Achilles’ place and rescue the Greek ships himself.
The Greeks attack and Patroclus reaches the wall.
But this time fate, rather than the Gods, muscles in…
Can Achilles and King Agamemnon settle their difference for the sake of the Greeks? Will the great warrior ever return to battle? How will this ever end?
Scenes of loyalty and loss, of courage and foolhardiness, of grief and anguish, of reconciliation… and of bitter resolve.
Mike Pearson & Mike Brookes
John Hardy Music
Luke Jacobs and Like and Egg Productions
RICHARD HUW MORGAN
MADDISON EVE THOMAS
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