Company of Wolves re-imagines the myth of Achilles in a heart-stopping solo performance


sing goddess

sing the rage of achilles

that sent to darkness so many souls

and glazed their eyes in death

that made their bodies carrion

for the birds and dogs to tear

their families wait forever

for their coming home


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  by Company of Wolves
Previews: 3 & 4 August 2018, 16:15
Run: 5-26 August, 16:15 (except Mondays)

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Supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland
In association with Cumbernauld Theatre, Platform, Dance House, and Citizens Theatre

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


Gable End Theatre, Lyness, Hoy, Orkney KW16 3NX
01856 791 312
Kristin Linklater Voice Centre, Upper Housegarth, Quoyloo, Sandwick KW16 3LY
On the door, J B Rosey (Stromness) & Ortak Galleries (Kirkwall)


Chillingly memorable

Mary Brennan, The Herald

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

Christine Irvine, Exeunt

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

Mark Brown, Sunday Herald

So so so good. We need more theatre like this. Phenomenal storytelling, performance, engagement, pathos, and all in 45 minutes! MORE PLEASE!!

Audience member, Citizens Theatre

No adequate words — overwhelming. Wonderful.

Audience member, Citizens Theatre


Written and Performed by:
Ewan Downie

Directed by:
Ewan Downie and Ian Spink

Set and Costume Design:
Ana Ines Jabares-Pita

Lighting Design:
Alberto Santos-Bellido

Dramaturgy and Music:
Anna Porubcansky

Produced by:
Anna Porubcansky and 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.


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