By David Farr
An unremarkable looking man is washed up on the south coast
of England. Hes discovered by two immigration officers and taken to a
detention centre. Hes trying to get in under our noses, says one. Bloody
illegals, says the other. Youre going home, sunshine, says the first. I
want to go home, sighs the man.
The man is Odysseus, the wily Greek general who triumphantly
ended the siege of Troy but in the decade since has been trying to reach home.
The immigration officials are understandably suspicious. In an effort to be
believed, to be allowed to reach home, Odysseus is forced to re-tell the story
of his journey. Unknown to him hes being detained with the only survivors of
the genocide of Troy. Men and women who are just as desperate as he is to find
somewhere they can call home. As their stories collide once again Odysseus is
forced to face the consequences of his actions.
David Farr delivers a fresh look at Homers epic while also
shining a light on the greatest crisis of our times people displaced by war,
a clash of ideologies or the universal human drive to provide a better future
for ourselves and our families.
The emotional pain of exile. The meaning of home. David
Farrs gripping retelling of Homers epic transposes it compellingly to the
21st century The Guardian
On Tuesday 21 June at 4.30pm
there will be a 90-minute drama based workshop exploring some of the issues in
the play, entitled Immigration and the UK. Tickets are free but will be
allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Please call 01234 362335 for more
information and to book tickets.
Performed by students of Bedford School
This amateur production is
performed by arrangement with Curtis Brown.
|Date:||Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 June 2016|
|Venue:||The Quarry Theatre|
|Cost:||£7.50 (£5 concessions)|
|Age Suitability:||11yrs +|