The Gospel at Colonus promises rousing theatre experience

This article is from 2010

The Gospel at Colonus promises rousing theatre experience

EIF soul and gospel take on Sophocles' tragedy sure to impress

If there’s a more roof-raising theatre experience at the entire festival, never mind just at the International end of things, we can’t wait to hear about it. Lee Breuer and Bob Telson’s The Gospel at Colonus merges rock’n’roll, soul and gospel to fire up a fresh interpretation of the Sophocles tragedy, Oedipus at Colonus. Given that Breuer has been responsible for two sumptuous EIF productions in recent times (Peter and Wendy last year and Mabou Mines DollHouse in 2007), you know the visual feast that awaits. Throw in the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Legendary Soul Stirrers, the Steeles, the Abyssinian Chancel Choir and a Pentecostal preacher and we have a rousing quartet of events for the Playhouse.

Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 21 & 22 Aug, 7.30pm; 22 & 23 Aug, 2.30pm, £8–£30.

The Gospel at Colonus

  • 3 stars

Gospel music, rock ‘n’ roll swagger, a dash of soul and syncopated style are at the heart of this uplifting spectacle by Lee Breuer and Bob Telson. Set in modern day America it is a radical reworking of Sophocles' tragedy Oedipus at Colonus. The wonderful traditions of gospel singing are centre stage and will have you…