Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Review - Myths at the Blue Elephant Theatre, Camberwell

FOUR stars

IF you have never ventured to the Blue Elephant Theatre in Camberwell you should. Tucked away on Bethwin Road in the middle of a housing estate, it may not be on the main drag but it packs a punch in the shows it puts on.
And it's got another winner with Myths, a glorious take on the myths and legends of ancient Greece.
Staged by theatre company Hammer & Tongs it features just three actors on the stage in black T shirts and white dungarees with a lone musician at the back.
The three actors play the Fates, a rather posh trio who are getting on a bit now and living in the Underworld. They enjoy endless cups of tea and biscuits and love nothing better than retelling their favourite stories about the characters who inhabit the legends.
And so as they spin the threads of life, they also bring back to life a variety of characters from Zeus and Io, to Orpheus and Eurydice, the Harpies, Medusa and her stylists, Sisyphus and Paris as well as providing a different view on what really started the Trojan war.
Along the way we not only see some re-imagined takes on the stories, we also find out where words such as "harpy" and "fate" come from.
The show itself is a funny and a relatively quick romp through some these classic and fabulous stories.
It is also a clever and inventive way of retelling them although some of the humour may be a bit old for some of the younger members of the audience.
The performers, Suzie Grimsdick, Oliver Yellop and Philippa Hambly, are fabulous and switch between all the different characters convincingly, quickly and with an astonishing ease.
And the musical accompaniment by George Mackenzie-Lowe is lovely.
It is a delightful show suitable for those aged 10 and over.

Myths is on at the Blue Elephant Theatre, Bethwin Road until December 6. Tickets are £12.50, £10 concessions and £8.50 for Southwark residents. Visit www.blueelephanttheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 020 7701 0100.

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