If you work around City Hall in More London, chances are you’ve see the strange developments in the Scoop over the last couple of days. Rigging appearing; new little huts being built; a huge mask bigger than a fully-grown man…
From tonight, the reasons for these odd props will be revealed, as Steam Industry Free Theatre’s season of, err, free theatre, kicks off under the stars.
Celebrating a decade of free theatre at the Scoop (10 years? Now we feel old!), the company is presenting a new trilogy of the Oresteia tragedies. In a fitting nod to the spirit of the ancient Olympic Games, you can see the three-part epic drama charting Ancient Greece’s journey from chaos and war to the pillars of peace, justice and harmony that inspired the modern Olympic ideals.
The three plays adapted from Aeschylus are The Trojan Horse (performed at 6pm), Agamemnon (8pm) and Orestes (9.30pm). You can stay and see all three, or watch individual parts. The shows run each evening from Thursday to Sunday, until 5 August. There’s no need to book; just show up and take your place on the Scoop’s (admittedly very uncomfortable) seats. (We recommend hiring a cushion.) And as we mentioned before, it’s free.