A hugely enjoyable solo show performed by an immensely talented actor (and first class fool). David Mynne (Kneehigh Theatre) delightfully brings Homer's epic poem to life, with great skill, outstanding comic timing, brilliant self-made sound effects and a handful of home-made props. A superb show; charming, funny, beautifully told. 'A terrific blend of mesmerising acting and delightfully daft drama… mesmerising and joyful… faultless.' Derby Telegraph ______________________________________________________________________ Based - very loosely - on the epic poem by Homer, this is a tale more exciting than excitement itself: 'The Odyssey'. Picture this... 1198 BC. Ancient Greece. Figs and olives ripen under clear blue skies. The seat of learning and philosophy Where poets write the tragedies. A land for the gods... And heroes. The kingdom of Ithaca is ruled by Odysseus... Greek stuff... all the good bits with the boring stuff removed. This year David Mynne's going to hell and back in the company of Heroes, Gods and Monsters. A host of exciting (and daft) characters - including a one-eyed Cyclops, a six-headed monster and the terrifying Sea God Poseidon - conjure up a mighty storm and keep you on the edge of your seat. If ever a show was designed for the smallest venues, this is it; a compact piece of theatre magic, as ingenious as it is intimate. David Mynne's skill with just a few simple props, a rubber face and clear and masterful storytelling is mesmerising, filling the space with drama and delight. Quite brilliant. David Mynne is Rabbit Theatre. Born in 1949 with a big smile, he looked like Charlie Drake (Google him). He went to school, grew older and nothing much happened. Then the 80s arrived, Kneehigh Theatre started and David was there from the beginning, working with the company as a performer, maker and graphic designer for over 30 odd years. In 2012 he created his first solo show and so Rabbit Theatre was born. 'The Odyssey' is Homer's great poetic account of Odysseus's decade-long attempt to return to his home island of Ithaca after the Trojan war, remembered for the hero's colourful, salt-caked adventures on the high seas: his encounters with witches, nymphs and cyclopes, his journey to the land of the dead, his shrewd and quick-tongued and fast-witted outsmarting of the terrors in his path. 'The Odyssey' is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. ______________________________________________________________________ 'Dave Mynne is to Cornwall what Leonardo da Vinci was to Florence... anything he touches promises to turn to glorious fool's gold! Don't miss him under any circumstances!' Emma Rice (Kneehigh Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe)
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