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Eurydike & Orpheus

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by Mila Wood (subscribe)
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An exhilirating play that will leave you breathless
My interest in Greek Mythology is immense. It is the world of Gods, deities, heroes, mortals and creatures from another world. Gods were worshipped in temples, and have been known to possess colossal power. They can move mountains, influence the wind, create fire and can vanish another God into the depth of the sea.

For centuries, the Ancient Greeks have mesmerised us with tales of love and tragedy and one of the favourites is Orpheus and Eurydice.

Orpheus was the son of Apollo and Calliope. Apollo was the God of the sun, music, poetry, archery, healing and justice. Calliope has been hailed as the "Chief of all Muses". Apollo taught Orpheus to play the harp, while Calliope gave him the verse of singing. However it was still a surprise to Apollo that his son was musically gifted.

Orpheus's melodies were overwhelmingly beautiful that Gods and mortals were in awe of his perfection. It has been said that his euphony can make the trees sway and calm the raging waters of lakes and rivers. Then Orpheus met a beautiful nymph named Eurydice. Unfortunately, their union was been marred by a tragedy. Eurydice was inflicted by the venom of a snake and met her demise

Orpheus' world has shattered, expressing the unfathomable grief by playing with his Lyre. The Gods and mortals were moved by his grievance and suffering. Therefore upon his Fathers persuasion and protection, he descended unto the world of the dead and arrived at the realm of stygian.

He presented himself to the God of the Underworld, Hades and his wife, Persephone . Through his melodies, he persuaded Hades and Persephone to allow him to take his wife back to the mortal world.

Hades, even with the coldest heart, could not resist the allure of Orpheus' music, allowing him to return back to the living with his beloved Eurydice, but in one condition. On their ascent, Eurydice shall walk behind Orpheus but he must not glance back at his beloved, and if he does, Eurydice will forever be confine to the underworld.

Unfortunately, the temptation is too great to resist, Orpheus took a glimpse of his beautiful wife, thereby losing her forever and subsequently spending the rest of his life in deep mourning until his welcomed death.

Over the years there have been numerous versions of this iconic love story but the modernised production entitled Orpheus + Eurydike by National Institute of Dramatic Arts is particularly unique.

This version of Orpheus + Eurydike explores the euphoric feeling of being in love, the unfathomable grief of losing a loved one and interestingly touches upon the subject of domestic violence and infidelity.

The production dramatically captivated the audience with a defying opening act and needless to say, the rest of the show was electrifying. The play was conceived and directed by Priscilla Jackman; her accolades includes the coveted Sandra Bates Directing Award, Ensemble Theatre in 2016. Priscilla is graduate of NIDA's Masters of Fine Arts, Directing.

Although the acts were exponentially delivered in a highly poetical way, it was expressed with clarity. Thus my admiration and gratitude to Montgomery Griffith who wrote the poetic words and had awakened the poet in me.

The circus acts were spectacular. I was totally engaged and mesmerised by the performers' display of agility which can only be obtained through years of practice, discipline and hard work. All is consequently not possible without the direction of Sebastian Hunter.

With the enhancement from the state of the art technologies, this adaptation will leave you gasping with excitement and feeling proud by the fact that this country of ours has great talents comparable to none. I would also like to add that the well thought-of costumes, befits the scenes at all times.

The show left me breathless and reeling with satisfaction.

Click and buy your ticket here and watch this theatrically unique adaptation of Orpheus and Eurydice and feel the love. I guarantee that this production will leave you with the wondrous feelings of love, contentment and happiness.

The grandeur of NIDA

The packed crowd at NIDA's theatre
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Why? Be mesmerised by the adaptation of an iconic tale of love, loss, and grief in a theatrical way
When: 10 Jun 2017 - 17 Jun 2017
Where: National Institute of Dramatic Arts Theatre, 215 Anzac Pde Kensington
Cost: Starts from $18
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