Modern take on Homer’s epic comes to Cambridge Arts Theatre

The Odyssey at Liverpool Everyman theatre.''Writer Simon Armitage.'Director Nick Bagnall. ANL-150511-135456001
The Odyssey at Liverpool Everyman theatre.''Writer Simon Armitage.'Director Nick Bagnall. ANL-150511-135456001
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After their successful collaboration on The Last Days of Troy, drawn from the work of ancient Greek poet Homer, the award-winning poet, playwright and author Simon Armitage joins forces once more with director Nick Bagnall.

Switching between modern day London and the ancient mythological past, The Odyssey: Missing, Presumed Dead follows a high ranking government minister, sent on a diplomatic mission to Istanbul.

But when his trip ends up in a horrific bar room brawl, social media explodes and the enigmatic darling of a political party becomes Europe’s most wanted man overnight.

Chased by authorities, damned by religious leaders, pursued by those looking for vengeance and head-hunted by fanatics, his Odyssey begins.

Plunged into the ancient past, Odysseus must now contend with all the unworldly begins that stand in his way.

The Cyclops, Sirens, witches, whirlpools and flesh-eating armies must all be overcome in the struggle for survival and long voyage back to the present day.

Simon Armitage has written for radio, television, film and stage, and his poetry collections appear in the GCSE syllabus for English Literature.

The production is being staged at Cambridge Arts Theatre from November 17 to 21.