Award-winning, Leeds writer Helen Mort retells the classic Greek myth – Medusa
Press night – Friday 13 October, 8pm
2nd performance – Saturday 14 October, 7.30pm
Innovative storytellers and theatre-makers Proper Job Theatre Company have teamed up with Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax and with Leeds-born and award-winning writer Helen Mort to re-tell the classic Greek myth – Medusa.
Audiences can face their fears on what is said to be, by those who believe in superstition, the ‘unluckiest date in the calendar’, and watch the play at square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax on (the opening night) Friday 13 October, 8pm followed by a second performance on Saturday 14 October at 7.30pm, before it heads off on its UK tour to fourteen other venues.
Medusa will be the first time experienced poet, Helen Mort has written for the stage, giving this production its lyrical style.
Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy has described writer Helen Mort as, “one of the brightest stars in the sparkling new constellation of young British poets.”
As well as the Leeds-born writer, this production’s creative team also includes other home grown talent including Elizabeth Harborne and Gemma Hunt also both from Leeds and honorary Yorkshire man Rick Ferguson originally from Scotland who has now settled in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Those familiar with Greek mythology will know that Medusa was a monster, a female with venomous snakes for hair. This powerful story has echoed throughout generations and through a contemporary setting we see how her story is still important and relevant today. Through movement and lyrical new writing, Proper Job’s Medusa, sheds light on the softer side of the ‘monster’ we think we know.
More beautiful than any woman alive, the young and innocent Medusa is sucked into a world of power where money rules and beauty is a commodity that is easily bought. Slowly destroyed by the men around her and the jealousy of the goddess Athena, Medusa falls, only to rise again now cursed to live out her days as a fearsome monster, her beautiful eyes turning any man who dares to look at her to stone.
Antony Clay, Rotherham Advisor said: “Medusa is a very good production and has powerful themes relevant to our times”. He described Helen Mort as an “innovative and adventurous writer” and the piece as “hard-hitting”.
For those who aren’t superstitious about Friday 13th and want to enjoy a play with live music, exploring how poetry and music can come together to enhance storytelling, need to head to the Square Chapel website Squarechapel.co.uk or call the box office on 01422 349422 to book tickets.
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