The Gospel at Colonus promises rousing theatre experience
- Brian Donaldson
- 16 July 2010
This article is from 2010.
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.