Company of Wolves re-imagines the myth of Achilles in a heart-stopping solo performance by Ewan Downie.
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. In a fusion of storytelling, dance and song, Achilles is the story of a man’s exorcism: a burning out of his vulnerability, his rage, and his humanity.
Achilles was initially performed at Platform, Easterhouse during the Eastern Promise Festival 7 October 2017, at Citizens Theatre 23-27 January 2018, and manipulate Visual Theatre Festival on 30 January 2018.
Trailer by Goat
a tightly-reined narrative that lands all the right emotional punches… a bold, unconstrained outpouring of pain and loss that drags the audience right into the heart of Achilles’ agony
recounted in unsparing, gruesomely poetic detail… with muscular, visual eloquence… the songs carry a powerful spiritual resonance and are performed with real depth of expression
So so so good. We need more theatre like this. Phenomenal storytelling, performance, engagement, pathos, and all in 45 minutes! MORE PLEASE!!
No adequate words — overwhelming. Wonderful.
- Written and Performed by:
- Ewan Downie
- Directed by:
- Ewan Downie and Ian Spink
- Voice work:
- Kristin Linklater
- Set and Costume Design:
- Ana Ines Jabares-Pita
- Lighting Design:
- Alberto Santos-Bellido
- Dramaturgy and Music:
- Anna Porubcansky
- Eileen Wilson-Kerr
Supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland
In association with Platform, Dance House, and Citizens Theatre
This performance was part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2018 produced by Puppet Animation Scotland.