Play Celebrating Island Culture Comes to Shetland
08 August 2013
A celebration of island culture, Europa is a new play and
exhibition by Salvatore Cabras and Maggie Rosea, presented by
Glasgow-based theatre group Replico Productions, will be touring
Scotland in August and September and visiting Shetland for two
performances presented by Shetland Arts - one in the Garrison
Theatre on Friday 30 August and one in the Walls Hall on Saturday
Europa, a beautiful Phoenician princess,
is abducted by Zeus, disguised as a bull, who takes her on a
perilous journey over the Mediterranean to Crete. Linking
Mediterranean and Celtic folkmore; and tracing the imagery of
Europa and the bull from classical frescoes and mosaics, to
painters like Titian and Picasso or even the branding of fast cars
and energy drinks; this poetic retelling of the ancient myth
reveals how the frequent tensions between European sophistication
and Western vitality engender a European identity.
Far from the traditional mainland
perception of remote isolation, islands have in many cases driven
the advancement of civilisation from as far afield as the Aegean or
the Hebrides. This international collaboration will celebrate
diverse cultural links, such as the powerful image of the bull, and
the shared experiences of islands communities.
Shetland Arts' Drama Development Officer,
John Haswell, said: "It's always great to have touring theatre
visiting Shetland, particularly a play like Europa which explores the
importance of island life."
The ancient story of Europa encapsulates a
refreshingly modern European perspective which will be reflected in
all elements of the project. Audiences will be invited to take part
in an informal post-show discussion. The show will be supported by
workshops either in a community setting or for schools to support
the Curriculum for Excellence.
The creative process and research
materials will be documented and made available as an online
Both performances are doors at 7pm, start 7.30pm and the play
is suitable for ages 12+. Tickets cost £8 (£5 concessions) and are
available via Shetland Box Office in Mareel & Islesburgh, over
the phone on 01595 745 555, and online at www.shetlandboxoffice.org.
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