This season of men, women and war featured drama adapted from the Roman comedies of Plautus and Euripides' Ancient Greek Trojan War Trilogy. Before dark was a story of heroes, chaos and confusion, with courage, sacrifice, triumph and tragedy taking stage as twilight fell.
The Ring Cycle Plays
Richard Wagner's celebrated adaptation of Viking myths, presented on this occasion without the operatic scores, remains one of the most powerful and influential tales of sword and sorcery ever written, directly inspiring The Lord of the Rings and many other fantasy and sci-fi classics.
Two fully staged productions inspired by the ancient Greek city of Thebes. For younger audiences, The Prince of Thebes proved an irresistible blend of comedy, adventure, music and puppetry, with a new translation of the chronicles of the downfall of the Theban Royal Family in Oedipus and Antigone, presented after dark.
A new three part epic drama adapted from Aesychlus, charting Ancient Greece’s journey from chaos and war to peace, justice and the harmony that inspired the Olympic ideal. Featuring The Trojan Horse for early evening family audiences, and the gruesome and dramatic Agamemnon as twilight falls.
Around The World in 80 Days
A whistle-stop tour of the four continents with dashing Victorian adventurer Phileas Fogg and his hapless servant Passepartout. A wayward balloon, a beautiful princess, a grumpy elephant, a dastardly villain, sacred cows, a wild west outlaw, a Chinese dragon and countless timetable calamities all conspired to help or hinder our heroes.
Don Juan in Love
Adapted from Don Juan Tenorio by José Zorilla and the work of Molière and Byron, this season's production followed the journey of the great swordsman and lover in a feast of raucous comedy and swashbuckling adventure.
The Adventures of Jason and the Argonauts
Toe-tapping songs and knockabout comedy as this season's family production told the tale of the quest for the Golden Fleece. Later on, we presented a modern take on Euripides' timeless Medea, wreaking revenge on her unfaithful husband.
In Petit Rouge - A Cajun Red Riding Hood
This season saw a new family musical based on the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood,adapted by Joan Cushing from Mike Artell and Jim Harris’ best-selling children’s book, followed by Lorca's powerful classic, Blood Wedding, translated by Ted Hughes.
The Grapes of Wrath
The Jungle Book
Opening the season with a new adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic Nobel and Pulitzer prize winning familial drama, this season also included comedy, song, dance and puppetry, in the form of a brand new production of Disney's The Jungle Book.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Children of Hercules
Androcles & The Lion