Styx


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


Genre: Musical
Venue: Streatham Space Project
Started: Sunday 15 September 2019
Closes: Thursday 19 September 2019
Running time:1 hr 15 mins
Age suitability: 12+

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Background


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

Synopsis


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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Dates


Previews from:Sunday 15 September 2019

Closes:Thursday 19 September 2019

Performance days & times


Evening:

Sunday ‑ 6‑30pm

Monday ‑ 7‑45pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑45pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑45pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑45pm


Matinee:
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Tickets


Standard:
£14

Concessions:
£12

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Cast


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


Creatives


Author: Max Barton
Composer: Max Barton
Lyricist: Max Barton
Lighting: Jethro Cooke
Sound: Jethro Cooke
Production: Produced by Jack Hudson for Second Body

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