‘Miserus’ – ‘No one tells Greek myths quite like a Roman’

The relationship between the two characters is delightful to see … the playfulness emerges in the telling of the story

‘No one tells Greek myths quite like a Roman’

In the quiet, cool surroundings of St Anne’s chapel, Tiresius the blind seer guides us through tales from ancient Greece. Vox, his mute accomplice in this task, accompanies these stories not with words but through various musical underscores, underpinning and adding a fresh layer to these classic stories. From the start of the world to the revels of Dionysus’ and his followers to the tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice, the two performers guide us through these tales with great pace, weaving deftly through the dense tales and keeping the audience on their side throughout.

The relationship between these two characters is also delightful to see; the show starts with Tiresius eventually realising the audience are already in the room, having blindly worked his way to Vox at the front of the room. There’s only so many ways you can mutely alert your friend of this when he won’t stop talking. The moments when the characters step out of their storytelling and interact simply with each other and the audience, whether it’s to discuss the virtue of wine, or maybe to remind us that Romans really did tell the Greek myths best, puts into question how long this pair have been telling these stories, and how longsuffering they are in their friendship. As one is blind, the other mute, and they tell stories that have been told a thousand times over, playfulness emerges in the telling of the story by the deprecating pair as much as there’s delight in the stories themselves.

If you’re a fan of Greek myths this is definitely a show for you, and if you’re not sure where you stand allow Tiresius and Nox to bring you into the world of ancient Greece for a little while.

By Jess Cox

‘Miserus’ is on at St Anne’s Art Centre on Saturday at 5.50pm and Sunday at 5.35pm

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