Last week I went to see a play at the National Theatre in Waterloo courtesy of Helen’s List. It was an amazing and immersive performance, I watched a tragic love story unfold and felt swept in it despite knowing the ending.
The casting of this play was sublime, genuinely. Featuring one of the most diverse casts I have ever seen, & two really talented singers in the lead roles, I felt blessed to experience it. The vocal ranges of both Orpheus & Eurydice were beyond what I had imagined. The music was a blend of a few genres resulting in modern jazz fusion starting point that kept the audience swaying lively.
As a modern adaptation of a classic Greek play; it really kept true to some elements of the original, while adding some new things and engaging with a post-modern comment of the rat race. While watching I found that the play seemed to comment on the plight of an individual suffering to survive and looking for an option. Looking for a way to feed herself and escape her reality, Eurydice signs her freedom away for a full belly and an endless purpose. Plagued by her decision and aggravated she resigns to her fate. Hot on her heels, Orpheus journeys to HadesTown to trick the Boss and take her home. The rest is history.
My personal favourite from the cast was rebellious and lively Persephone, Daughter of Demeter, harbinger of Spring & Summer. The character of Persephone is a fun loving and inwardly miserable woman forced to spend half of every year in HadesTown. She brings some laughter and conflict to the play, allowing drama to ensue and leading the workers in a quiet dissidence.
Hermes, the narrator of this play, was the only character that broke the 4th wall. I felt this was an innovative choice, as after all Hermes is the Greek Messenger god. Who is more fitting to tell the story? Leading the cast in musical numbers & addressing the audience, he introduces every character to us to help us follow the story and highlights important moments with charisma and charm.
I seemed to get an underlying Christian message from the play. The message being don’t sell your soul for promises of a better life, as it will turn out to be worse than you could have imagined. Something to think about there. Lastly I witnessed an incredible in the mind of Orpheus between doubt and the bond he shared with Eurydice. That was epic.
It’s definitely worth seeing; showing now until January, make sure you don’t miss out.