Odyssey still rel­e­vant to­day

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

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.

Odyssey

will

show

at TAPAC, 100 Mo­tions Rd, West­ern Springs from June 26 to 30.

Photo: JESS LEE

Epic: The young cast of Odyssey are bringing the epic ad­ven­ture to TAPAC.

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