STYX is an award-winning theatre-concert about family, myth and memory loss from new theatre company Second Body.
Styx at The Playground Theatre

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Genre: Musical
Venue: The Playground Theatre
Starts: Monday 2 September 2019
Closes: Saturday 14 September 2019
Running time:1 hr 10 mins
Age suitability: 12+

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STYX debuted at the 2019 Perth Fringe, where it received critical acclaim and won a Fringe World Weekly Award.


STYX is an award-winning theatre-concert about family, myth and memory loss from new theatre company Second Body.

Performed by an international supergroup of musicians, it tells the true story of a grandmother and grandson piecing together the memories that connect them across time.

Weaving together riotous songs, intimate storytelling and a journey through the neuroscience of memory, STYX brings light to the experience of living and dying with Alzheimer's and the extraordinary power music has to reignite fading memories.

After theatremaker Max Barton's grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's he started recording interviews with her to preserve a record of her life.

Through their conversations he discovered a parallel between a series of songs he had written based on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth and a music club founded by her and her husband in the fifties called the Orpheus Club.

This serendipity led him on a journey of investigation to track down any remaining traces of the club and the people who frequented it, unearthing a wonderful story of music and memory along the way.

Featuring a band of musicians from Australian alt-rock bands Jebediah, Axe Girl, The Love Junkies and The Tommyhawks, STYX brings together the original songs, recordings and myth with an exploration of the neuroscience of memory and the therapeutic effect music can have on brains damaged by dementia.

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Postal address:
Unit 8
343-453 Latimer Rd
London W10 6RQ

Box office tel: 020 8960 0110

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Previews from:Monday 2 September 2019

Closes:Saturday 14 September 2019

Performance days & times


Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm (13th Sep)

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm (14th Sep)





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Vocals, guitar - Max Barton

Vocals, guitar - Addison Axe

Guitar - Jethro Cooke

Alto Sax - Thea Woodward

Tenor Sax - Amy Tweed

Bass Guitar - Ness Thornton

Drums - Elloise Walsh


Author: Max Barton
Composer: Max Barton
Lyricist: Max Barton
Lighting: Jethro Cooke
Sound: Jethro Cooke
Production: Second Body

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