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Teens are almost Homer and dry

 

A group of talented local teens is giving an ancient Greek classic a contemporary treatment in a unique stage adaptation of Homer’s classic tale, The Odyssey.

The play, which is showing in our Studio, was written by local playwright Ian Jordan and is being performed by the Company of Teens, the youth arm of the Company of Ten.

Based on Homer’s epic poem, it tells the story of Greek hero Odysseus’s perilous 10-year journey home to his wife and son at the end of the Trojan War, tackling a sea of gods and three cyclops along the way.

But there are a few notable differences between the original story and the Company of Teens version, as director Kelsey Jordan explains.

‘For starters, all of our gods are businesswomen dressed in power suits,’ she says.

While the tale may not seem like an obvious choice for a production by teenagers, the group has more than risen to the challenge, adds Kelsey.

‘We knew the story would stretch them, but after the success of The Tempest last year, we also knew it was nothing they couldn’t handle. These are such talented young actors, and they have worked together brilliantly to create some truly memorable characters.

‘The end result is a thoroughly original and entertaining piece of theatre, and we’re so excited about sharing it with the public.’

Performances take place in the Studio on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 July. To book tickets call the box office on 01727 857861 on click here.

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