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Wrath Of Achilles (Bedivere Arts Company)

By | Published on Friday 9 August 2019

There are glimmers of quality in this well-meaning mess. The gender-flipped Aphrodite, for instance, was a great idea, very fitting for an exploration of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. But there are more misfires than hits. The bizarre soft-rock that blares whenever the Gods appear seems ripped from a low-budget 80s fantasy movie, and the droning dirge they sing while on stage was often inaudible (a blessing in disguise however, as when I could hear it, it was off-key). The biggest problem, though, is the script. The dialogue is pedestrian and prosaic – a poor fit for an epic tale of gods and heroes. And the point of it all is unclear. Neither gripping, nor timely: why tell this story, now? 

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tw rating 2/5 | [Andy Leask]