Preview: Oresteia Trilogy By Steam Industry Free Theatre @ The Scoop

By Zoe Craig Last edited 70 months ago
Preview: Oresteia Trilogy By Steam Industry Free Theatre @ The Scoop
Rehearsing in the Scoop with Tower Bridge in the background
Rehearsing in the Scoop with Tower Bridge in the background
That intriguing mask, with City Hall as its backdrop
That intriguing mask, with City Hall as its backdrop
Rehearsal space at the Scoop is always open to the public
Rehearsal space at the Scoop is always open to the public
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Backstage facilities for costume changes are somewhat limited
Backstage facilities for costume changes are somewhat limited

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.

The Oresteia Trilogy plays at The Scoop at More London, More London Riverside, London SE1 from 5 July to 5 August. Visit www.morelondon.com/thescoop to find out more.

Last Updated 05 July 2012