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Arts Centre show is Unmythable
ONE show, three actors and all the Greek myths, is how Temple Theatre’s Unmythable is billed.
All the Greek myths?
“Well, I have to admit there are a couple that didn’t get included because there are so many,” says actor and company co-founder Paul O’Mahony. “But you get the greatest hits.”
For O’Mahony the show is a great way to combine two of his great loves.
“I’ve always had a passion for ancient Greece,” he explains.
““I had a picture book on the Greek myths when I was young and I loved it. Then when I went to university I decided I wanted to learn Greek.
“My two passions in life have always been theatre and Greece, and this was a way to crowbar those two passions into one thing.
“And I get to wear a dress which, let’s face it, is why we go into this business!”
He formed Temple Theatre with university friend Mike Tweddle six years ago, and the company has just clocked up its hundredth performance of Unmythable to rave reviews.
It has taken them all around the country and beyond, even to Greece itself.
“We were there in the theatre and we could see the Acropolis,” says O’Mahony. “It was a bit like taking coals to Newcastle but it was great to be there.
“We got lots of interview requests and they all asked ‘do you think the Greek people will be annoyed?’ but they weren’t.
“We are irreverent but we respect the stories.
We look at them from a different angle but we are true to them.”
O’Mahony and fellow performers Tom Cottle and James Witt promise Pythonesque humour, live music, cross-dressing, energy and enthusiasm as they tour the country.
“There are three of us, and we play about 45 different parts between us – a lot of the time we’re playing three or four different parts in just one scene,” says O’Mahony.
“It can be exhausting and sometimes we just go straight from a van into a dark theatre and we could be in Narnia for all we know.
“If you were doing a show you didn’t enjoy that would be hard, but when you’re doing a show you really love then it’s fine.”
So get ready to set sail with Jason and the Argonauts, sing with Helen of Troy, slay those dragons and rescue some maidens.
* Unmythable is at Salisbury Arts Centre on Tuesday, October 29. Tickets are available from salisburyartscentre.co.uk or call 01722 321744.
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