An all-female cast bring Greek legend to life as revenge and escape vie for an outcast's attention.
Winner of the Ted Hughes Award and two-time Mercury Prize nominee Kae Tempest turns her attention to Greek legend. In "Paradise", war hero Philoctetes sees his glory days well and truly behind him. Cast out to a remote island, he sees the arrival of a soldier for its potential opportunities, but the arrival of a second newcomer turns his attention to revenge. Directed by Ian Rickson ("Translations") and designed by Rae Smith ("War Horse"). Lesley Sharp (ITV's "Scott and Bailey") stars.
But I couldn’t find much of an emotional way into Ian Rickson’s production via its leads – thank the (Olympian) gods for the chorus then...Tempest and Rickson’s oft-whimsical reimagining of it tends to add to the strangeness rather than subtract from it.