THE ODYSSEY by HOMER

THE ODYSSEY by HOMER

Thu 9th, Sat 11th, Sun 12th, Wed 15th August 2018
Beaches of Derry~Londonderry, Derry~Londonderry
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THE ODYSSEY by HOMER

RHAPSODES (Actors):
Maxine Peake
Imogen Stubbs
Natascha McElhone
Frances Barber

DATES & LOCATION:

Thursday 9th August, 3pm
Downhill Beach,
Co. Derry~Londonderry
(Maxine Peake)

Saturday 11th August, 2.30pm
Portstewart Beach,
Co. Derry~Londonderry
(Imogen Stubbs)

Sunday 12th August, 2.30pm
Magilligan Beach,
Co. Derry~Londonderry
(Imogen Stubbs)

Wednesday 15th August, 7pm
Ballycastle Beach,
Co. Antrim
(Details to follow)

 

TICKETS: £15 (NI)

CELEBRATING FRIEL’S PASSION for all things Homeric and transposing the story from Greece to Europe’s western edge the festival presents readings from Homer’s great epic of voyage, shipwreck and homecoming across beaches in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. From the northeast of Ballycastle (where Greek hexameters meet the hexagonal rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway) to the north-west’s sweeping sands of
Narin & Portnoo in Co. Donegal the readings move in and out of the exhilaratingly beautiful indented coastline and back and forth across the border. And along the way the Greek myths of Homer meet Irish myths – such as Balor the one-eyed giant or Finn McCool. It finishes on the Inishowen Peninsula, the safe harbour of Brian Friel’s own Ithaca homeland.

Inside a pitched tent, an acclaimed actor reads from Emily Wilson’s superb new translation (the first in English by a woman), accompanied by Greek food, live Greek music and the crashing of the Atlantic waves.