Marking its world-premiere season at the Old Fitz this August, Chorus brings Greek tragedy Agamemnon into contemporary Sydney culture. Featuring a creative team that boasts some of Sydney’s best emerging talent, Chorus is written by Ang Collins and directed by Clemence Williams. Presented with ground-breaking multimodal elements, Chorus follows the journey of Agamemnon, a pop-icon who has just returned to Sydney following her sell-out worldwide tour. On her return, Agamemnon is forced to face the painful reality of the life she left behind, with the show’s story being told by a live chorus.
Ella Prince (A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing) plays the lead role and spoke about the process of bringing Agamemnon into the present.
“Whenever you bring something into the very present it’s quite exciting,” Ella said, continuing, “It’s interesting in the first instance to invert that and make her a woman because we consume female bodies in completely different ways than we do male bodies in our modern culture.”
Speaking of the importance and role of the chorus in this piece, Ella explained, “I think we’ve kind of exploded the concept of a chorus in the first instance, and in the classical sense, and we’ve brought that into modern day Australia.”
Chorus boasts a theatre experience unlike any other, and in the Old Fitz’s intimate space, audiences are invited to be completely immersed in the modern reworking of this Greek classic.
“In the first instance I think it’s quite exciting for an audience to be planted in this immersive landscape so I would hope that they’d have a sensory experience unlike any other that they’re quite used to in the theatre” said Ella, going on to share, “I hope that their experience of the elements in this show will also open people up to discussing their own sense of image in this world.”
Aug 28-Sep 21. The Old Fitz, Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo. $33-$45+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.redlineproductions.com.au
By Madison Behringer