COMPANY OF WOLVES PRESENTS ACHILLES AT THE CITIZENS THEATRE
Tue 23 Jan – Sat 27 Jan, 7.30pm
PRESS NIGHT WED 24 Jan, 7.30pm
Scottish theatre makers Company of Wolves have announced their staging of Achilles – a passionate and energetic new solo show from Ewan Downie – at Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre.
Achilles tells the story of the greatest hero of the Greeks during the Trojan War: how his best friend is killed by the champion of the Trojans, his desperate grief, and his terrible vengeance.
The production is being mounted in the Citizens Theatre’s Circle Studio as part of the manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2018. Previous productions by Company of Wolves include Seven Hungers "A stunning mixture of the elemental and the human” (Scotsman), and A Brief History of Evil “Sinister yet playful… sympathetic and witty despite the undertow of horror” (List).
Ewan Downie said of Achilles: “I've been fascinated by the Greek myths since an early age, and in particular by the story of Achilles. His rage at the killing of his best friend, his failure to face his grief, and his bloody revenge have always struck me as deeply disturbing and at the same time deeply human.
“We live in a time where the public display of rage is a daily sport. Achilles shows us where this par-ticular rabbit hole goes. When we snuff out our empathy and give primacy to our hurt emotions, each one of us is capable of great destruction.
“The piece has been made in layers, laid down like sediment over time, and although the layers relate to each other, they don't necessarily give the same perspective on the story. I've tried to leave gaps for the imagination, for the audience to fill in their own versions of the story.”
Company of Wolves is Scotland’s only laboratory theatre company and is led by co-Artistic Directors Ewan Downie and Anna Porubcansky. Their work is based around rigorous ongoing performer training and exists on the border between dance, theatre, live music and improvisation. Its roots lie in the artistic directors’ lengthy immersion in Polish laboratory theatre and their training in theatre, movement and improvisation.
With each performance the company consciously explores new themes, new stories and new areas of performance practice, aiming to make theatre that speaks to all of what we are, theatre that is raw and irreverent and sublime.
Tickets are £14.50, with concessions available from £2 and the preview priced at £10. Tickets are available from the Citizens Theatre Box Office – 0141 429 0022 or Citz.co.uk
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