One man tackles Greek epic

One man will play a “cast of thousands” in a humorous performance of one of history’s oldest stories, in Lancashire this February.

Rabbit Theatre’s David Mynne, will take his adaptation of Homer’s “Odyssey” to Mellor Brook Community Centre on Thursday 23 February at 7.30pm. He will then tour the show to Clitheroe Library on Friday 24 February at 7pm, followed by The Dog Inn, Belthorn on Saturday 25 February at 8pm.

Tickets for the show, which is suitable for ages 12+ can be purchased directly from the venues. The Mellor Brook performance can be booked by calling 01254 812131, the Clitheroe show can be booked with library staff or by emailing clitheroe.library@lancashire.gov.uk, and the number to call for The Dog Inn is 01254 433188.

“The Odyssey (Greek Stuff!)”, is based (very loosely!) on the epic poem by Greek author Homer, considered to be the second oldest piece of Western literature in existence.

David Mynne, known for his work with renowned Cornish theatre company Kneehigh, presents a brilliantly entertaining take on the classic tale, having previously done the same with Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” and Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. His skill with just a few simple props, a rubber face and clear and concise storytelling fills the stage with drama and delight.

Mynne is going to hell and back in the company of Heroes, Gods and Monsters. A host of exciting characters – including a one-eyed Cyclops, a six-headed monster and the terrifying sea god Poseidon – conjure up a mighty storm and keep audiences on the edge of their seats. It’s Greek stuff…with all the boring bits removed!

There will be a ‘cast of thousands’ (performed by one man). There may be a bit of water. And there will certainly be a laugh or two!

The show forms part of Spot On Lancashire’s spring season of touring, taking professional arts events to rural venues and libraries across the county.

Speaking ahead of the tour, David Mynne spoke about his inspiration for the show and the attraction of playing in smaller venues:

“I’ve always done big, classic stories and it was the idea of stripping a really epic journey, like The Odyssey, right down to a one man performance that appealed to me. I’ve removed all the boring bits and kept it very silly but there’s still some lovely poetry in there courtesy of Anna Maria Murphy.

“Rural touring was my first love of the theatre and I was doing it when it first got going around 30 years ago. I love walking in not knowing if it’s going to be an audience of 20 or 120, there’s the warm atmosphere and the chance to talk to the audience afterwards that you don’t get in a theatre. I’ve got so many amazing stories over the years that I’d love to do a show about rural touring! When I was touring “Dracula”, a genuine transylvanian came to see the show in a village hall in the middle of Dorset!”


For more information on the show or to see the full Spot On spring programme, visit www.spotonlancashire.co.uk. Alternatively, contact Sue Robinson by emailing hello@spotonlancashire.co.uk or calling 01254 660 360.