Review: 15 Heroines

Reinterpreting the women of Greek mythology for today, the theatrical enterprise of 15 Heroines is a major achievement and a highlight of the year, digital or otherwise

“The gods should protect me”

15 Heroines comes to us in collaboration between the Jermyn Street Theatre and Digital Theatre as fifteen female and non-binary playwrights tackle Ovid’s Heroides, giving voice to the women of classical mythology anew. Split into three groups of five 15-minute monologues – The Labyrinth, The War, The Desert – this is a major theatrical enterprise that offers startlingly fresh perspective on these tales of old and serves as a reminder, as if it were needed, that men are trash.

Or more specifically, the men that we often describe as heros have serious issues when it comes to the women in their lives. There may be some excuse for the women left behind by The Trojan War –  Sophia Eleni’s Love Island-esque but still sweet Laodamia is the wife of the first soldier killed as explored by Charlotte Jones – but more often than not it is just men being (fuck)boys. Lettie Precious delves beautifully into Oenone’s feelings about being abandoned by Paris for Helen, Ann Ogbomo’s righteous fury scalds the screen. Continue reading “Review: 15 Heroines”

News: Jermyn Street Theatre’s 15 Heroines announces a truly heroic cast

Jermyn Street Theatre are thinking big once again, as their previously announced 15 Heroines project, in collaboration with Digital Theatre, reveals a titanic cast of actors to join the 15 female and non-binary playwrights commissioned to retell the stories of the women of classical myth. And not just that, Adjoa Andoh will be co-directing alongside Tom Littler and Cat Robey. Hook. Me. Up!

Full casting comprises Gemma Whelan, Jemima RooperAnn Ogbomo, Rebekah Murrell and Sophia Eleni in The War
Indra Ové, Rosalind Eleazar, Nicholle Cherrie, Eleanor Tomlinson and Martina Laird in The Desert and 
Olivia Williams, Nadine Marshall, Doña Croll, Nathalie Armin and Patsy Ferran in The Labyrinth. Continue reading “News: Jermyn Street Theatre’s 15 Heroines announces a truly heroic cast”

Review: On Arriving, VAULT Festival

A fragmented memory play, Ivan Faute’s On Arriving makes for a deeply personal take on refugee crisis at the VAULT Festival

“Luxury is what someone else thinks you wants…comfort is what you bring to yourself”

Presented as a fragmented memory play, Ivan Faute’s On Arriving is a strikingly singular response to refugee crisis, urging comprehension if not outright compassion for the individual stories that lie behind sweeping headlines too easily forgotten. Cat Robey’s unflinching yet still humane production wisely refuses to make this an easy or overly theatrical experience but it proves no less urgent for it.

Sophia Eleni’s young refugee does not give us her name – maybe she can’t – as she stands before us, clearly still processing the events that have befallen her, forcing her to fight for survival by any means. Looking back those experiences, on her journey from citizen to refugee, she offers up pieces of memory, recollections, feelings, that having been shattered, reflect the sheer level of trauma that so many experience. Continue reading “Review: On Arriving, VAULT Festival”