Arlene Philips will direct a revamped version of the rock musical Myth:The Rise and Fall of Orpheus (formerly known as 27) at The Other Palace later this year. The musical, written by Sam Cassidy, is based on the Greek tale of Orpheus and tackles the subjects of addiction and mental health in modern society, and focussing specifically on the music industry. The show was performed at the Cockpit Theatre in 2016 and ran for 12 weeks. Myth will now receive 9 concert-style workshop performances with a live 6-piece band at The Other Palace from 10th to 17th March.
The Faustian myth is a well-worn trope of musical theatre, from George Abbott and Douglass Wallop's Damn Yankees (1955) to the recent new British musical Exposure at the St James Theatre. Pacts with the devil, or a figure thereof, provide ample dramatic function for a rise and fall narrative to attach itself to, whether that be baseball or, in the case of 27 “the rise of a falling star”, a... Read more