In the beginning there was no beginning…
A durational performance by Mike Brookes and Mike Pearson with National Theatre Wales.
From the middle of August to the beginning of October 2015, I have been working in Iliad – Mike Brookes and Mike Pearson’s theatrical staging of Christopher Logue’s epic poem War Music. Logue’s poem is a striking poetic reimagining of the main events in Homer’s account of the last years of the Trojan War; and unfolds across five separate books, which he published between 1981 and 2005.
We performed it verbatim and in its entirety; initially as a series of separate and consecutive episodes, then followed by two extraordinary omnibus performances of the entire work – the first all day, and the second overnight.
I was one of four performers, within a larger cast of ten, who were referred to as the ‘constructors’, and that helped to create and sustain a dynamic environment that could be inhabited and affected by everybody in the room, at the scale of the whole room.
The challenge: to make theatre of scale and duration to match Homer.
The ambition: to perform – for the first time – the whole of Logue’s startling text.
The plan: to build a theatre machine – a combination of sound, video, live action, setting – fit for the task.
(Mike Brookes and Mike Pearson)
This project is a production of National Theatre Wales in association with The FFwrnes.