Jason and the Argonauts
- Kelly Apter
- 6 August 2017
Highly physical performance of Greek myth reflects on the refugee crisis with subtlety and style
Greek myths may be full of action and adventure, but they're also big on complicated names and intricate plotlines. So it's testament to the talented young actors of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School that this absorbing production charts a clear path from beginning to end.
The story of Jason and his quest to bag the Golden Fleece in order to take his rightful place on the throne is otherworldly and unfamiliar in the present day. But the scene that greets us as we enter the theatre is, sadly, far more recognisable: refugees, dirty and devoid of hope, sitting around aimlessly waiting for their lives to take a turn for the better.
It's this disparate group of people who become Jason's crew, sticking closely to the original myth with their tales, but with a poignant sub-plot about the need for tolerance in the face of difference.
The exciting narrative is matched by energetic performances that dial down the drama and turn up the compassion as and when required, to create a show that's both absorbing and touching.
theSpace on Niddry Street, until 19 Aug (not 13), 9am (9.35am from 14–19), £8 (£6).