Cherwell Theatre Company proudly presents.....

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'Sing, O muses, tell us a tale
Of heroes and halfwits, who thrive and who fail'

Cherwell Theatre Company leap out of lockdown with a thrilling sequel to their 2019 play MYTH, which explored classic tales from Ancient Greece. 

 

This summer, MYTH II: Bigger, better and funnier because we need it after a global pandemic (our working title) re-tells stories of the great heroes of the Bronze Age alongside some of the halfwits who were foolish enough to challenge the mighty Olympians Gods.

 

From the pluck of Perseus to the arrogance of Arachne, great literary characters will astound and appall you in this hilarious new play featuring live music, slapstick comedy, dazzling puppetry and a Greek chorus to boot!

 

This vibrant community project, devised by professional theatre makers in collaboration with young people, is presented as a series of 'pop up festival' events featuring performances from other local groups and artists.

This project has been made possible by funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, Cherwell District Council, Pye Charitable Trust, Boris Karloff Foundation, Coral Samuel Charitable Trust, Sanctuary Housing, Didymus Charity, and Bicester Town Council.

TOUR DATES

August 14 @ 1pm (event starts at 11am)

Kidlington Play Day Event, Ron Groves Park, Maple Avenue, Kidlington, OX5 1ES

August 15 @ 1pm (event starts at 11am)

Kingsmere Estate, Bicester Thirsk Way (off Pioneer Way), Kingsmere, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 1BF

August 17 @ 1pm (event starts at 11am)

Summerfest Event, Princess Diana Park, Bradley Arcade, Bretch Hill, Banbury, OX16 0LS

August 18 @ 1pm 

Banbury Market Place, Banbury, OX16 5LG

August 21 @ 12pm 

Sheep Street, Bicester, OX26 6JB

August 22 1pm (event starts at 11am)

The Green, Upper Heyford, Bicester OX25 5LG

For Event details please visit our Facebook Events Page

 

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CAST


Jess Lloyd-Jones

 

Jess graduated with a BA (Hons) from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Currently the leading role in an animated cartoon Sunny Bank Gardens, she has also voiced other children's programs such as In the Night Garden & The Teletubbies.

 

Other theatre credits include, Do You Accept? (CTC) Alix in Wundergarten (difficult|stage), which then led to new sketch writing with François Pandolfo, The Web (Cherwell Theatre Company), The Happiest days of your lives (Avondale Theatre), The Laramie Project (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and The Taming of the Shrew (Sherridan Theatre)

Jess has also led devising projects for Cherwell Theatre Company, including an immersive murder mystery, improv comedy sketch shows, developing new writing by emerging playwrights and assistant directing children’s theatre productions. Co-founder of Butterfingers Theatre Company, she is currently developing Sam & Zoe vs Evermore which will be touring in spring 2022.

For more information on Jess’ work please visit Spotlight

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Michaela Blackburn

Michaela Blackburn’s career so far has been invigorating and diverse. ‘Our Lady of Kibeho’ was a 2020 Olivier Nominated Production and Michaela, with her beautiful soprano voice, featured as a lead singer in the production.
 

During lockdown she created a platform on Instagram called Becoming Michaela where she shares her self-love journey to inspire others to love themselves.

 

This year she hosted The Royal and Derngate’s Online Festival ‘Gen Fest’ which supports emerging and established artists. She was the face of the festival and interviewed many professional and well renowned artists.

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Ben Whitehead

An established voice actor, Ben has been working with Renowned Aardman animations since 2003 and is the voice of ‘Wallace’ in recent Wallace & Gromit productions. He also provided the voice for the Titular ‘Golem’ in the show by internationally acclaimed 1927 productions.

Ben has written and performed three solo shows: Frankenstein in the Bin “Fantastic” (London Pub Theatres); Fred Strangebone’s Freakshow “Character driven comedy at its best” (Broadway Baby) and Festival in the Bin ”A great little Fringe experience” (The Scotsman) 

He has completed three tours with Gonzo Moose Theatre company, “Devilishly Funny” (Chortle). Ben previously worked with Cherwell theatre in Collaboration with Creation Theatre in “Wind in the Willows at the Mill Arts centre.

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Adrian Banks​

Adrian is a professional actor and musician and has worked with CTC for nearly a decade in a variety of roles and characters.

 

Training at Birmingham School of Acting, he has worked in Theatre, Film & Adverts as an actor and composer.

 

This is Adrian's second outing for Myth, originally starring as Hades, Kronos and Prometheus in the first instalment. "Expect more silly faces, parody songs and the odd scream or two... I can't wait to perform in front of a real life audience again!" 

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