The Fire of Olyumpus

The Fire Of Olympus

or, On Sticking It To The Man

2019

Words
Anthony Peter
Composer / Director
Tim Benjamin
Music Director
Ellie Slorach
Designer
Lara Booth

“My fellow Olympians...”

The Fire of Olympus; or, On Sticking It To The Man is a new opera by Tim Benjamin, produced by Radius Opera, touring the north of England in 2019.

A re-imagining of Greek mythology, our new production begins with the Greek legends of Prometheus and Pandora, and ends up in the very modern world of today — taking in pranksters, subversive protest movements, supermax prisons, and the charm (or otherwise) of our dear leaders: our Presidents.

“A radical new opera, resonant with and relevant to the modern world, filled with drama, passion, politics, tragedy, and comedy”

The Fire of Olympus is a modern-day version of the legends of Prometheus and Pandora, in which Zeus is the charming, all-poweful, yet much-resented President of Olympus. Advised by the apparently faithful Hephaestus and Pandora, his rule is facing protest and revolution - egged on by the brothers Prometheus and Epimetheus. But one day, they take things too far...

Sung in English, The Fire Of Olympus is modelled on Handel’s Italian operas, and features powerful, accessible music and thought-provoking drama.

Take Part

The Fire of Olympus offers a unique opportunity for amateur singers to take part.

Choirs drawn from across the north of England will join workshops, learning about the opera and singing key parts of the music - and receiving expert vocal coaching while they are doing it!

These workshops will be recorded, and the recordings digitally stitched together to form a digital chorus of thousands of voices, which will appear in the theatre in surround sound at important, dramatic moments in the opera itself.

Interested?

Cast

Zeus: the President of Olympus
Samuel Oram / Robert Garland (baritone)
Hephaestus: his Special Adviser
Jack Roberts / Michael Jones (tenor)
Pandora: his Assistant
Charlotte Hoather / Rebecca Moon (soprano)
Prometheus: an Activist
Sophie Goldrick / Sophie Dicks (mezzo-soprano)
Epimetheus: his brother, also an Activist
Zofia Hanna / Elspeth Marrow (mezzo-soprano)
Chorus (of thousands)
You!

Performances

Tickets will be on sale from March 2019. Check back here or sign up to our mailing list for more

Mechanics, Burnley
Saturday 14th September 2019
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
Saturday 21st September 2019
RNCM Opera Theatre, Manchester
Saturday 28th September 2019
Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York
Saturday 12th October 2019
The Repertory Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Wednesday 30th October 2019
East Riding Theatre, Beverley
Friday 1st November 2019
The Mart Theatre, Skipton
Saturday 2nd November 2019
The Hippodrome, Todmorden
Saturday 9th November 2019