Jason and the Argonauts by Stella Godmet

Review

Stella Godmet holds BA (Honours) in Communication, Media and Drama.

Currently, she is doing a Masters Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

She lives in Galway City and writes review, fiction and no-fiction.

Jason and the Argonauts 

by Stella GODMET

Once the audience is seated, the house lights switched off, our attention is drawn to a cart, set in the center of the stage where it bathes in a halo of warm gold light. A couple of minutes tick by before an actor finally makes his way to the stage and a journey begins.

Two men stand before us; one is tall and thin while the other is shorter and more muscular. As they both start speaking, one with a squeaky and the other with a deeper voice, we notice that the voices match their physical appearance. They are the traditional caricatures of the hero and his loyal simple-minded companion in what appears to be a dumbing down of the Greek myth Jason and the Argonauts.

But there is a twist in the tale. The grotesque caricatures unveiled at the beginning of the play are transformed. The two actors cleverly switch from one character to the other, each of them exploring the vicious and powerful king, as well as the handsome young Jason or other members of his crew. As the play goes on they turn into beasts, juggle around swapping the different roles. The fourth wall is torn down; we are invited into their “kingdom”.

The two actors are having fun, and we are too. Ever dreamed of going back to childhood? This is your chance!

You might be able to contain a smile during the first few minutes of the show, but the chances are, you’ll burst out laughing, scream out with surprise, jump out of your seat in terror, or spontaneously clap whenever Jason’s crew triumphs. I witnessed it.

We are thrown into an adventure with two grown up children who keep up an engaging energy throughout the play as the two characters act out the myth, pretending to be its heroes. After a visit to king Phelias’ Palace, they set sail with their crew with the intention of retrieving the Golden Fleece. Jason and his men travel from Colchis to Medea’s Island to the Clashing Rocks, till they retrieve the Golden Fleece and Jason recovers his father’s throne.

This play has a magical quality to it; we can identify with the Action-man, Spiderman figurines and Paper-boats obsessions. Actors Simon Donaldson and Tim Settle directed by Douglas Irvine, read through the audience. Whatever your age, they let you enter their world, making you wish you’d never have to leave.

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