Twenty-four years have passed since Enter Achilles knocked Adelaide for six. “Audiences put [it] way ahead of anything else as the best the Festival had to offer”, wrote The Australian in 1996 of this funny, disturbing and prescient physical theatre work involving one night in a British pub with eight lads, a stacked jukebox and a skinful of lager.
The ground-breaking original production was made into an Emmy Award-winning film and won accolades the world over. Now legendary auteur and founder of DV8, Albury-born Lloyd Newson, feels the time is ripe for a re-examination.
There’s a new set of lads and the world outside the pub has changed. As Newson says “with the advent of #MeToo and Brexit, it’s a timely moment to revisit the work”. Nonetheless the core of the work – “how men, these men, police one another’s behaviour for weaknesses and deviations from what’s considered traditional masculine norms” – remain the same.
With a handpicked cast, this is Achilles re-booted with steel tipped irony. It’s also the former director of DV8’s first-ever collaboration with another company, the world-renowned Rambert.
See it again, see it fresh, but see it.
A rare, rich, devastating, triumphant work of art … dramatic coherence, human integrity, irresistible visual power, were all there in the most outstanding work I have seen all year.
Event additional information
A work by Lloyd Newson (DV8 Physical Theatre)
Choreography Lloyd Newson with the performers (past and present)
Original Set Design Ian MacNeil
Original Music Adrian Johnston
Original Lighting Design Jack Thompson
Creative Associate & Tour Director Hannes Langolf
Performed by Rambert
Lighting realised by Richard Godin
Associate Sound Designer Amir Sherhan
Design Assistant Loren Elstein
Costume Design Kinnetia Isidore, Richard Gellar
Rehearsal Director Paul White
Performers Richard Cilli, Tom Davis Dunn, Nelson Earl, Miguel Fiol Duran, Ian Garside, Eddie Hookham, Scott Jennings, Georgios Kotsifakis, Jag Popham and John Ross.
A Rambert & Sadler’s Wells co-production in association with Onassis STEGI, Athens. Co-produced with Festspielhaus St. Pölten; Grec Festival de Barcelona i Teatre Nacional de Catalunya; Théâtre de la Ville - Paris / Chaillot - Théâtre national de la danse; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Adelaide Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival and Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale. Recreation Premiere at Festspielhaus, St Pölten. Premiere International Run at Onassis STEGI, Athens.
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