Talking Gods - from Arrows & Traps

London theatre news: Wednesday 20 January 2021

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Arrows & Traps Theatre Company will present a digital season of five reimagined Greek myths this Spring - with one play premiering each evening followed by a live Q&A.
Talking Gods - Online from Arrows & Traps

Image courtesy Arrows & Traps

Award-winning theatre company Arrows & Traps will be back in action this Spring presenting Talking Gods - a digital season of five reimagined Greek myths that will run from 5 to 9 April, with one play premiering each evening, and followed by a live Q&A on Zoom.

Writer Ross McGregor has reworked classic Greek tales to present snapshots of the modern world filled with pathos and comedy, music and love and tragedy and loss.

Exploring climate change, Persephone is a touching story of sisterhood, of keeping a fire warm in the depths of winter.

Delving into the world of mental health, Orpheus is about control and toxicity, self-sacrifice and freedom.

Placing Pygmalion in the modern world, the third play explores the growth of artificial intelligence in an ever-more isolating world.

Aphrodite, which looks at the vital issue of gender identity and acceptance, is a remarkable tale of a love affair that endures.

The final play to premiere will be Icarus, a poignant physical theatre piece about the bonds between fathers and sons.

Writer Ross McGregor commented ...

"2020 delivered a large blow to the theatre industry.

We were closed down and told to stop telling stories, and to wait for the day when we were allowed to create again.

After nine months, now is the time to return.

In the opening of a new year, we are all looking forward to the future and we thought it would be an interesting time to look back to where drama first began - with the Greek myths.

We have reimagined them so that they're not just a testament to where we came from, but a look to where we're going.

We want to tell a message of understanding and hope, that we're not as alone as 2020 made us all feel."

Talking Gods will be rehearsed and recorded at Jack Studio Theatre, where Arrows & Traps are the associate company.

Show listing information


A digital season of five reimagined Greek myths.

These moving reworkings of classic Greek tales present snapshots of the modern world filled with pathos and comedy, music and love and tragedy and loss.

During the week-long digital festival, one play will premiere every night, and each play will be followed by a live Q&A on Zoom and then remain online for free.


Persephone - Nicolle Smartt

Orpheus - Christopher Neels, Charlie Ryall

Pygmalion - Richard Baker, Gabrielle Nellis-Pain, Edward Spence

Aphrodite - Buck Braithwaite, Benjamin Garrison

Icarus - Adam Elliott, Lucy Ioannou


Author: Ross McGregor
Director: Ross McGregor
Movement: Will Pinchin
Video designer: Andrew Flynn
Production: Chris Tester for Arrows & Traps




From: Monday 5 April 2021

Closes: Friday 9 April 2021


Standard: Free, donations welcome


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