Company of Wolves’ thrilling masterpiece Achilles comes to Exeter.
★★★★ – The Times
Glasgow’s acclaimed 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.
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
Critical acclaim for Achilles:
“a fierce and enlivening spectacle” - British Theatre Guide
“a thrilling experience” - The Scotsman
“recounted with muscular, visual eloquence” - Sunday Herald
★★★★ “It is a masterpiece of theatre between narration and action and an outstandingly poetic and powerful performance of Downie about the loss of humanity and simultaneously a testimony to being human” - A Younger Theatre
★★★★ “rich in drama, emotional resonance and a range of performance traditions” - The Times
★★★★ “a physical and emotional tour de force” - Arthur’s Seat
“so so so good. We need more theatre like this. Phenomenal storytelling, performance, engagement, pathos, and all in 45 minutes! MORE PLEASE!!” - Audience Member
Company of Wolves is Scotland’s only laboratory theatre company, led by Ewan Downie and Anna Porubcansky. We make performance by experiment, using elements of theatre, dance, music and improvisation to craft unique and compelling pieces that speak directly to the times in which we live.
Created & Performed by Ewan Downie
Directed by Ian Spink
Set & Costume Design: Ana Ines Jabares-Pita
Lighting Design: Alberto Santos-Bellido
Dramaturgy & Music: Anna Porubcansky
Duration: 45 min, no interval
Age Range: 12+ (some violent descriptions)
Supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland
in association with Cumbernauld Theatre, Platform, Dance House, and Citizens Theatre
This performance was part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2018 produced by Puppet Animation Scotland.
Image Credit: Brian Hartley @stillmotionarts
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