"Thyestes" - 28th June-10th July28th June 2016
Thyestes is the debut offering from the dynamic Derailed Theatre.
For a first production, the Derailed team have set themselves a mammoth task: bringing Seneca to twenty-first century audiences. But the story has a lot to hold our interest – sibling rivalry, revenge, cannibalism, and enough blood and gore to inspire Shakespeare to write Titus Andronicus. Derailed, with their emphasis on interactive storytelling, offer an exhilaratingly modern take on this Roman classic.
When we caught up with the team, producer Alex Brown explained how audiences are put at the heart of the Derailed process:
“As a younger generation, we’re drawn more to productions that have elements of immersion and interaction, so that you feel that you’re part of the action. You feel that in some way you’re contributing, or you’re getting a rawer emotional feel from the actors.”
Though audience-centric theatre is very much in fashion, Thyestes still hints at its classical roots with little touches such as masks and the way its actors work as an ensemble, almost providing their own chorus. In its dynamic movement and puppetry, however, this take feels new, visceral, and completely engaging.
But for Derailed, the most important thing is that you enjoy what you see, and leave feeling entertained.
We filmed in their last week of rehearsals: