Thursday, 3 June 2010


2/6/10, Young Vic

A disappointment after The Brothers Size though it was, we were told, by the same team. A US re-telling by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Bijan Sheibani, of the Eurydice story, set in the 1940s or 50s, which left one asking the question, Why bother?

Orpheus was a bit of a drip. The principal innovations were to have Eurydice's father sending her letters from the Underworld where he's the only inhabitant not to have lost all memory of his former life, and thus the only inhabitant with any self-awareness; and a chorus of "stones", who whisper and chant and try to persuade the underworld's residents to go with the flow: one was played by Becci Gemmell, who was so good in Fucked at Edinburgh.

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