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The Odesssy (Susan Elkin reviews)

The Odyssey continues at the Unicorn Theatre, London until 21 April 2024.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩

Effectively a retro pop opera for young audiences, this show is both lively and energetic.

It looks good too. Designer Rosie Elnile has done simple but effective shiny things with tin foil, one versatile moveable house open at one end and some memorable costumes – especially the furry cover-ups for Circe’s “beasts” and the silky colourful creation for Calypso.

This episodic story, adapted by Nina Segal, is about Telemachus’ quest to find his long-absent father Odysseus. And, of course, searching for a missing father is something many modern children and young people will identify with.

Telemachus (Shaka Kalokoh) goes to Troy from Ithaca and returns via the islands of Cyclops, Calypso and Circe, sirens, the Underworld and an encounter with a sea monster. Kalokoh finds all the bewilderment and vulnerability of a troubled adolescent on a “really really really long journey” to adulthood …

Read the rest of this review at Musical Theatre Review

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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