Hercules: demi-god; son of Zeus; slayer of monsters; hero.
Join the God-sun as we travel the skies and the ancient world on a quest to bring prosperity to the kingdoms of the Earth and stars.
Over the last 4500 years many great civilizations have risen and fallen, each of them looked to the stars and planets to tell them more about the world they lived in. This is a story about those people, about their heroes and monsters, gods, and villains, told through epic poetry and ancient ritual, we investigate the world of the early civilisations.
‘The Stories in the Stars’ project uses ritual theatre practice and ancient epic poetry styles to re-imagine and retell the stories of the stars.
Created as a 12month cycle of stories that maps to the stories of the northern Zodiac, told as 12 separate stories throughout the year. The stories draw from the legends and mythos of ancient Babylon, Egypt, the Hellenic cultures and Rome. The piece is an enquiry into multiple overlapping stories and a work of comparative mythology, intertwined with modern scientific discovery.
Developed through outdoor work with Wild Rumpus as part of The Forge residency (2016), further research and development work is being undertaken in ICA Yerevan, Armenia (2017) and at Arteles ‘Back To Basics’ in Finland (2017).
The work explores areas of ancient folk tradition, shamanistic style song and dance, ritual and theatre as lived experience.
Age suitability: 8yrs+