Rachel rosen's Blog – October 2015 Archive (4)

Iliad all night marathon part IV - in the end there is no end

Everything hangs on a thread.

Prayers to the gods, who will be heard?

Battleworn, grey, barely able to stand anymore and wondering will this ever end - no, not the audience, but the cast of warriors whose battle spins and switches back and forth, as fates intervene and fortunes wheels slide like a chariot in the mud.



The final chapter in this epic is one where all sense of right and wrong, winner and loser and even our own sleeping and waking worlds are blurred. But however… Continue

Added by rachel rosen on October 4, 2015 at 5:53 — No Comments

Iliad all night marathon part III - no one is spared

And so to war.

We endure full fat gore as we are told the tales both small and vast of the showdown between Troy and Greece. The human tragedy of war unfolds. Twisting sinews, splintering bone and splint intestines are set against the mesmerising glint of sharpened steel and polished bronze.

A throbbing hum surrounds us, vistas of history ancient and new are thrown into the wind that we imagine is blown around us, voices drift, people slump and the case are redeemed, what is real and… Continue

Added by rachel rosen on October 4, 2015 at 2:33 — No Comments

Iliad all night marathon part II - war of the chairs

Part I ended with a call to war and part II started with a battle cry...



From the minute we re-enter the theatre space the pace picks up, we stand expectant of action and rhythmic music surrounds us as the space fills with people. The generals of war take the stage and give us great polemics of bravery and honour, 1000s of men invited to shed their blood in the name of a cause.. And that name is Helen.

We get to meet her and hear her painful, angry, proud story in a quiet but… Continue

Added by rachel rosen on October 3, 2015 at 23:53 — No Comments

Iliad all night marathon part I

After weeks of anticipation, a day of travel and a sea of new faces, I am finally here blogging live from the ffwrnes theatre in Llanelli for their epic all night Iliad marathon.

It's a theatrical adaptation as ambitious in its methods as in its subject.



Inside the theatre its a studio set up with the audience scattered around in plastic chairs and a uniformed cast restless and grim pace between people. Voices, a man speaks, the epic begins, the great intractable battle that was… Continue

Added by rachel rosen on October 3, 2015 at 20:20 — No Comments

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