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sing the rage of achilles

that sent down to darkness so many souls

making their bodies carrion

for the birds and dogs to tear

and their families wait forever for their coming home.

The myth of Achilles is re-imagined in this heart-stopping, dynamically physical solo performance created and performed by Ewan Downie. The story of the greatest hero of the Greeks during the long and bloody Trojan War: how his best friend is killed by the champion of the Trojans, his desperate grief, and his terrible vengeance. In a powerful fusion of storytelling, physicality, dance and song, Achilles is the story of one man’s exorcism: a burning out of his vulnerability, his rage, and his humanity.

The critical consensus

Overall, Downie is unquestionably a dedicated performer. It’s just a shame that the material doesn’t really stir any emotions.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Munro, The Wee Review, 25/01/2018

What really breathes life into Company of Wolves’ new production of an ancient myth is not just the rich and evocative narration, but the production’s unfailing commitment to reminding us of the humanity of the story.

****(*)Torran McEwan, The Reviews Hub, 25/01/2018

At its best, this short glimpse of the anger of Achilles is a thrilling experience, packed with promise, and lifted by the sheer vivid brilliance of Homer’s poetry.

***(*)(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 26/01/2018

Where much movement-based performance can come across as florid and indulgent, Achilles goes straight for the heart– just like the thrust of Hector’s spear that fells Patroclus and begins the tale.

Christine Irvine, Exeunt, 29/01/2018

The shifts in tone required of Downie, between narration, stylised physical performance and emotive song are not easy to sustain across the work’s 45 minutes, and the piece does lose its rhythm from time to time. However, there is much to admire in the attempt.

Mark Brown, Scottish Stage, 31/01/2018

Where and when?

Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow from Tuesday January 23, 2018, until Saturday January 27, 2018. More info:

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh on Tuesday January 30, 2018. More info:

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