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Bacchae (Flying Pig Theatre Company)

By | Published on Wednesday 9 August 2017

This is a carnal, sensual performance, bringing the enchanting hedonism of ‘The Bacchae’ to the stage through physical theatre and song. A retelling of Euripides’ ancient Greek tragedy, Flying Pig Theatre makes the narrative accessible while still engaging with the lustrous depth of the characters and preserving the play’s identity. The story follows the vengeful god Dionysus’ exacting retribution on the king of Thebes. These two roles are performed with particular force, and the contrast between these two central figures seems to tap into a modern dichotomy between sexual conservatism and sensual freedom. Through hypnotic musicality and a cohesive dynamism, Flying Pig makes watching a classic not just enriching but really enjoyable.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [James Napleton]