Devising Cast: Dorie Kinnear, Will Pinchin
Director: Ailin Conant
Designer: Amy Yardley
Composers: Otto Muller, Liam Quinn
Sound Design: Jamie Flockton
Stage Manager: Ina Berggren
Creative Producer: Patrick Collier
Military Participation: Ciara Brennan
Major Bob Campbell, Kate Robinson, Cormac Doyle, Gemma Alldred,
Dr. Edgar Jones, Dr. Anke Ehlers,
Maya Twardzicki, John Ryan.
Set in a bathroom, this fantastical adaptation recasts Odysseus as the modern war vet battling the monsters in his mind to get home to his wife Penny. With off-the -wall characters and striking imagery, Grafted Cede and Theatre Témoin present an exploration of post-war trauma and the soldier’s journey home in this modern retelling of The Odyssey.
"Zeus metes out fortune to good and bad men as it pleases him. Hardship he sent to you, and you must bear it."
by C.P. Cavafy
Edmund Keeley & Philip Sherrard
As you set our for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
angry Poseidon-don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
wild Poseidon-you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind-
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But Don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn’t have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.
"Masterpiece... The audience spontaneously laughed, gasped and burst into tears in equal measure."
Ben Blyth, Broadway Baby (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011)
"Ingenious and grotesque...this review can't do coherent justice to this astounding and moving play."
Kirsty MacSween, ThreeWeeks (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011)
"I laughed out loud, gasped with horror, spontaneously applauded...and myself and my theatre companion were both suddenly moved to tears at the end...an openness in the actors that makes them so engaging and moving as performers."
Josie Melia, Fringe Review (Brighton Fringe Festival 2010)
"Far more than an updated version of an old tale...To have that degree of invention and mix of reality and fantasy but still keep the central threads connected with your audience is a fine thing...moving and profound."
Bill Parslow, Total Theatre (Brighton Fringe Festival 2010)
"Not long, only about an hour. Only two actors. Only one set. But superb...Although none of those creating it have any (direct) experience with the military, they have done their homeowork in the writing and in consulting vets for their reactions to it."
Jack Mallory, US Military Veteran and Workshop Participant (USA Tour 2010)
"Will Pinchin is pitch perfect in this modern retelling of The Odyssey...[Dorie Kinnear's] physical precision and comedy is truly remarkable and evokes a similar awe that I felt watching my favorites Carroll Burnett and Mary Tyler Moore years ago...Run don't walk, to see this life affirming journey."
Matt Malloy, Hollywood Actor (USA tour 2010)
“(‘Nobody’s Home’) is so cleverly and intricately managed that you believe anything could emerge out of the central bathtub...”
Kirsty MacSween, ThreeWeeks (Edinburgh, UK)
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