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Prometheus Bound (Io’s Version) (Myths Unbound Productions / New Celts Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2022

Ancient Greek drama is a great resource for modern theatre. I love exploring new interpretations and the Festival usually offers a fair few. Here we have the only surviving play of a trilogy by Aeschylus, telling of Prometheus, a Titan who defies the God Zeus to give fire to Man. This interpretation considers matters from the perspective of Io, a human princess who has also fallen foul of Zeus. She and Prometheus share their stories but whilst Prometheus is inclined to fatalism Io is angry, feeling she has done no wrong. There is clear potential in the idea but for me it was undermined by awkward staging, language and ‘distancing’. The essential mythic power was largely lost.

theSpace on the Mile, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Alan Cranston]