SLT’s production next week is a dramatic staging of a series of poems by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. The collection of poems were first published in 1999 as The World’s Wife, an anthology of work which re-examines myths and legends which traditionally have focus actively on a male protagonist. Duffy looks at these notable stories with a fresh pair of eyes and with a mix of historical context and imagination asks the reader to see the women in the stories, often subverting the accepted premise and places them centre stage.
Jess Osorio with her cast and crew have taken these beautiful passages of verse & prose and shaped them into a dynamic piece of theatre which is both engaging and entertaining.
Duffy’s work is immediate and visceral and has been published widely. Her direct use of language and the themes she explores are contemporary and relevant and her poems are on the syllabuses of schools across the country.
Jess Osorio takes a look at a couple of the lesser known pieces from the production and gives a little insight to their origins:
Circe, was a sorceress who seduced men of Greek mythology and sometimes helped them make pigs of themselves. Odysseus resisted her wiles returning to his wife Penelope, who waited faithfully, resisting all suitors, for 20 years. Thetis, mother of Achilles, a sea nymph was forced by Zeus to marry Peleus, a human, refusing him, he was advised to hold her fast regardless of her shapeshifting until she finally relented. Tiresias, the blind seer or fortune teller, was thought to have been blinded when he saw Athena, wife of Zeus, bathing naked and then later turned into a woman for 7 years by the goddess Hera until she relieved him of the ‘curse’. And finally, Demeter, goddess of the harvest, whose woe at the yearly abduction and then return of her daughter Persephone from the underworld gave us the very seasons themselves.
You can see The World’s Wife from Tuesday May 9 through to Saturday May 13. Tickets are available in advance online here with an early bird discount for the first two performances.
Rehearsal Photographs © Káit Feeney