MYTHIC: A NEW MUSICAL
The universe was one big party for the ancient gods known as the Titans… but not for long. Their own rebellious children overthrew them, claiming the world for their own, and calling themselves the Olympians
A review by Tanya Howard
You NEED Mythic in your life! There is no other way for me to start this review than by making that point, I literally left the theatre and text my friend the words “WHAT A SHOW” because I absolutely loved it. A great story, a great soundtrack, an interesting storyline and a love story that takes you to hell and back, literally, I felt that Mythic gave me everything I want in a play and you should definitely get some tickets before it completes it’s seven week run at the Charing Cross Theatre on 25th November.
Bringing to life the world of Greek gods the show begins with the song ‘It’s a Myth’ a song that sets up the backbone of the show with the idea that parents and children getting on without any issues is a myth. After being exiled from Olympus for having “lame Earth powers” Demeter thinks she can keep daughter Persephone by her side forever, and that she will eventually give up on her obsession with going to Olympus to meet the rest of the gods to find herself and her place amongst them. Aphrodite aspires for her Dad’s approval but is is neglected because he’s too busy partying or praising her sister whilst making her feel like her power to make mortals fall in love is useless.
Despite all Demeter’s attempts to keep her on Earth Persephone sneaks off to Olympus after reading the Gods trashy tabloid which announces an upcoming party and meets Aphrodite on her way. She agrees to take her to the party in the hopes it will impress her Dad that she brought Demeter’s “lame” daughter to the party, rebelling against her Mother’s wishes. After being passed over by her Father one again, as he’s too busy using the party to honour another daughter, and being rejected by her attempts to woo Hades, in a rage she puts a love spell on him and Persephone but this ends up with Persephone getting trapped in the Underworld which Hades can only leave once every six months.
All the characters have been given a 20th Century update, from Aphrodite becoming a Kardashian inspired glittery celeb, Zeus is a self obsessed egotistical party animal who sulks if everything isn’t about him, and Hades is a self-loathing emo rocking a leather jacket, ripped jeans and plaid. Alongside the seventeen musical numbers, in 90 minutes, the show is given an up to date refresh from the God tales and images we are used to. Whilst this is first and foremost a musical there is a strong plot running through the show, and the actors played their parts with such energy and emotion that you find yourself rooting for them, right down to the smaller parts like the nymphs and undertakers of Hell who have their own insecurities and issues.
Each song could be a hit single in it’s own right, and I’ve had ‘You’d Be Surprised’ stuck in my head every since, and flows well with the plot. They range from moving ballets like ‘I Will Be Your Home’ sung by Demeter and Persephone, to rock n roll anthems like ‘Not A Chance In Hell’ sung by Hades, to comedic when Aphrodite goes to the Underworld and sings ‘Ew!’. Everything within the play works cohesively together, and the songs, set and costumes really give you a feel for each scene and smoothly transitions between Earth, Olympus and the Underworld. The ensemble switch effortlessly between grey clothing for Earth to black for the Underworld, the Gods are in bright eye catching colours and each God’s outfit captures the character behind it.
Without giving too much away the rest of the play plays out quite dramatically, will Demeter save Persephone from the Underworld, the one place she will lose her powers if she ventures in to. Will Aphrodite ever win her Dad’s approval, or will she realise that maybe she doesn’t need it to be the best version of herself. Will Hades ever pull himself out of the negative mindset he has become accustomed to and realise that maybe the Underworld doesn’t have to be such a bad place to stay. And finally, what will become of Persephone, will she find her way back to Earth and her mother or does she even want to return.
I really enjoyed the show and was encaptured throughout, the songs were performed with energy and passion, the dance routines were performed really well and I got completely caught up in the story. It was a comedic and lively show with an underlying moral of sometimes you have to let someone go for them to live their best life, and be sure in the knowledge they will come back to you when they need to. It was a story of finding one’s purpose and place in the world and I would definitely recommend going to see the show.