Odyssey still relevant today
They may be making their journey in a beaten up old van but these artists promise their story will be nothing less than epic.
Fresh from a sell-out season in Whangarei, directors Katy Maudlin and Laurel Devenie are remounting their version of Homer’s The Odyssey with a host of young Auckland creative talent at TAPAC.
Pupils from Grey Lynn Primary will be among those taking to the stage with the ancient text.
Ms Maudlin says Odysseus’ voyage is still relevant today despite the text being written thousands of years ago.
‘‘It’s basically about an 18-year-old guy who doesn’t know who his dad is. It is a really quintessential, archetypal myth.’’
The Grey Lynn resident says its prevalence in today’s society, from cartoons to films, has seen the production’s youngest cast members correcting the directors.
‘‘We try to go back to the text quite a lot to make sure we don’t lose the detail of it. It’s such a beautiful thing to sit in a circle with 25 young people reading aloud this really ancient text.’’
Mt Albert actress Nina Sanson will be reprising her role as the goddess Athena, while Sandringham’s Indigo Paul plays the goddess Calypso. Ms Sanson says she is confident and excited to take the play to the next level. The production was originally staged outside in Whangarei but the cast will be bringing its large set pieces inside for its Auckland run.
at TAPAC, 100 Motions Rd, Western Springs from June 26 to 30.
Epic: The young cast of Odyssey are bringing the epic adventure to TAPAC.