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Orpheus And Eurydice (About Turn)

By | Published on Thursday 20 August 2015

Orpheus and Eurydice

About Turn make opera look casual and easy – as if it were as normal for young people as a pub trip. I won’t call this a “renaissance” because even that sounds too posh, when the words I want are cool and current, funny and fun. Many elements were first-class: costuming, choreography, and the bold but simple concept – rather than bringing Eurydice back from Hades, it’s bringing her out of a coma. The performances of both chorus and principals were full-bodied and absorbing, particularly Olivia Clarke’s near perfect Eurydice. With a few upgrades to set changes and lighting, and an extra shot of chemistry between the lead pair (surely a kiss isn’t too much to ask?), this could be flawless.

theSpace @ Venue 45, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Lucy Diver]