Achilles

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

Description

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 will be on tour in the UK this Spring 2019. Stay tuned for dates and venues!

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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

Performances

When
Where
Booking
29/03/2019
7.30pm
Cumbernauld Theatre, Kildrum, Cumbernauld G67 2BN
01236 732887
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03/04/2019
7.45pm
Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh EH8 9SU
0131 623 3001
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04/04/2019
7.45pm
Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh EH8 9SU
0131 623 3001
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05/04/2019
7.45pm
Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh EH8 9SU
0131 623 3001
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06/04/2019
7.30pm
Macrobert Art Centre, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA
01786 466666
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15/04/2019
8pm
Lyth Arts Centre, Lyth, Wick KW1 4UD
01955 641 434
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17/04/2019
7.30pm
Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ
0300 300 1210
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07/05/2019
7.30pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD
0141 352 4900
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08/05/2019
7.30pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD
0141 352 4900
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09/05/2019
7.30pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD
0141 352 4900
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11/05/2019
7.30pm
The Barn, Burn O Bennie, Banchory AB31 5QA
01330 825431
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04/06/2019
7.30pm
Borough Theatre, Town Hall, Cross St, Abergavenny NP7 5HD
01873 850805
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05/06/2019
8pm
Ffwrnes, Park St, Llanelli SA15 3YE
0345 2263510
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06/06/2019
7.30pm
Pontardawe Arts Centre, Herbert Street, Pontardawe, Swansea, SA8 4ED
01792 863722
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08/06/2019
7.30pm
Maketank, 3-5 Paris Street, Exeter, EX4 4NW

Reviews

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

Credits

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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