Talking Gods Digital Festival
This spring, Arrows & Traps presents Talking Gods, a digital season of five reimagined Greek myths. These moving reworkings of classic Greek tales present snapshots of the modern world filled with pathos and comedy, music and love and tragedy and loss.
During the week-long digital festival, one play will premiere every night, and each play will be followed by a live Q&A on Zoom and then remain online for free.
The Greek myths have been a cornerstone of Western culture for millennia, telling stories of gods and monsters but conveying deep wisdom about the human condition. Writer Ross McGregor uses them to examine vital contemporary issues, some of which have become heightened during the pandemic, in his five new plays.
Exploring climate change, Persephone is a touching story of sisterhood, of keeping a fire warm in the depths of winter.
Premieres online: Monday 5th April, 7.30pm
Delving into the world of mental health, Orpheus is about control and toxicity, self-sacrifice and freedom.
Premieres online: Tuesday 6th April, 7.30pm
Placing Pygmalion in the modern world, the third play explores the growth of artificial intelligence in an ever-more isolating world.
Premieres online: Wednesday 7th April, 7.30pm
Aphrodite, which looks at the vital issue of gender identity and acceptance, is a remarkable tale of a love affair that endures.
Premieres online: Thursday 8th April, 7.30pm
The final play to premiere will be Icarus, a poignant physical theatre piece about the bonds between fathers and sons.
Premieres online: Friday 9th April, 7.30pm
To watch free online as the plays premiere, please click here
Please note: Talking Gods contains strong language, descriptions of violence, adult content, mature themes and scenes of a sexual nature. Brief instances of flashing lights and music. Suitable for 12+
Running time: 50 mins, approx.
Writer Ross McGregor says: “2020 delivered a large blow to the theatre industry. We were closed down and told to stop telling stories, and to wait for the day when we were allowed to create again. After nine months, now is the time to return. In the opening of a new year, we are all looking forward to the future and we thought it would be an interesting time to look back to where drama first began – with the Greek myths. We have reimagined them so that they’re not just a testament to where we came from, but a look to where we’re going. We want to tell a message of understanding and hope, that we’re not as alone as 2020 made us all feel.”
Talking Gods will be rehearsed and recorded at Jack Studio Theatre, where the award-winning Arrows & Traps are an associate company.
Talking Gods is supported by Arts Council England.