The Sussex-based national touring theatre company and registered charity, Actors of Dionysus, will be performing an open-air production of Euripides’ Bacchae at the National Trust property Osterley House in Isleworth from 29th-31st July.
Euripides’ masterpiece of rejection and revenge is a powerful exploration of the seductive nature of cult and the ability of power to corrupt with a full cast of kings, gods and the titular followers of Dionysus – the Bacchae.
Featuring a talented ensemble, and elements of aerial and physical theatre, this performance promises to be a spectacular event bringing classical Greek drama alive for a modern audience.
Adapted and co-directed by David Stuttard, and starring Tamsin Shasha as Dionysus, it will be a return to original Greek texts after Actors of Dionysus’ recent success with their new piece Helen (a contemporary piece based on the myth of Helen of Troy) at Brighton Fringe, which was described as “an inspired piece of theatre, meticulously presented” (Brighton Argus), and “astonishing and unforgettable” (Fringe Review).
The Temple Lawn at Osterley House provides a perfect backdrop to the production, with the Grecian-style Temple of Pan centre stage, and with performers draped around the surrounding trees and lawns creating a sense of wonder and spontaneity. Performances start at 7.30pm and audiences are encouraged to arrive early and bring a picnic to enjoy or purchase food on site.
Tickets are £17 full price (£12, concs & children 14+), and can be booked now via www.nationaltrust.org.uk/osterley-park-and-house/whats-on or on 0844 249 1895.
More information on Actors of Dionysus can be found at www.actorsofdionysus.com.