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In a stunning setting on the banks of the River Thames, in The Scoop sunken ampitheatre, London's Free Open Air Theatre Season promises to excite audiences for its 14th year by returning to its critically acclaimed classical roots with a reimagining of one of the world's great epics - Homer's Greek epic, The Odyssey. A three-hour, three-part story filled with monstrous creatures and battles of the high sea, adapter/director Phil Willmott promises this season will be of epic proportions. Each part will be a story within itself, and can be enjoyed individually, or alternatively audiences can experience the whole of Odyessus journey across a fantastical three-hour show. And there's no need to book - just turn up and take a seat! There's room for 1,000 people at every performance. Part One (6.00pm) promises to excite explorers of all ages as our hero Odysseus sets off from Troy, yearning to return to home. Exciting for all the family, this engaging first hour will be jam-packed full of adventure as our hero battles both God and monsters. Just as the sun is setting, Part Two (7.30pm) is for the romantic at heart as Odysseus and his crew are confronted by temping sirens and passionate goddesses. Odysseus struggles to stay faithful to his wife, and she at home is assailed by suitors. Can their love survive so far and so long apart? Under a star-filled London night, in Part Three (9.00pm) Odysseus must adapt to a changed world as he returns home to a world he been absent from for over a decade. The hero has to navigate the perils of reclaiming his former family and followers. This hauntingly beautiful final part is a celebration of home and family.Book by Homer. Company Gods and Monsters Theatre. Company Iris Theatre. Author Phil Willmott. Director Phil Willmott. Music Theo Holloway. Design Philip Eddolls. Costume Penn O'Gara. Lighting Phil Supple. Design Jonny Dixon (puppet design). Producer Sofii Berenger. Producer George Warren (associated producer).
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