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A love that lasts long after death
Mad March Hare and Redline Productions have created a lush, poignant and fantasy-laden production of Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of the Greek myth of doomed lovers Eurydice and Orpheus. Playing at the Old Fitz Theatre until 15th December, this sensory delight retells the tragic story of the musician Orpheus and his love, Eurydice who dies on their wedding day. Told through Eurydice's eyes, this 75 minute play takes us on a journey through the underworld as Eurydice struggles to hold onto the memories of her life before death.
Director Claudia Barrie's production of Eurydice is flowing, ethereal and magical. The set design by Isabel Hudson is an earthy, wooden masterpiece with wooden elevator style doors that open and close unbelievably smoothly. Hudson is also responsible for the costume design which is especially joyous in the costuming of the three talking stones who provide ample comic relief whenever they appear. Ben Brockman's lighting design perfectly compliments the fantasy world and Ben Pierpoint's sound design has a beautiful poignancy to it.
Ebony Vagulans takes on the title role and as Eurydice, she is compelling and engaging throughout the play. From her lovely opening scene with Orpheus right through to the tragic conclusion, Vagulans portrays Eurydice with a wide-eyed innocence that is incredibly likeable. Lincoln Vickery plays a gentle and kind Orpheus and Jamie Oxenbould's father figure exudes a nurturing patience. Nicholas Papademetriou clearly relishes his role as the Lord of the Underworld, hamming up the campiness to great effect.
The talking stones are played exceptionally well by Alex Malone, Ariadne Sgouros and Megan Wilding. These bizarre characters conjure up images of the Mad Hatter's tea party in Alice in Wonderland with their weird and wonderful commentary on the action of the play. The three women prove themselves adept at puppetry as well as having impeccable comic timing.
As a whole, Redline and Mad March Hare have a beautiful, considered show on their hands. As the final main stage show in the Old Fitz season, this is definitely a fabulous way to close out another successful year at this charming venue.