Calling your show Unmythable sets high expectations, and the three members of its cast certainly go a long way towards making it unforgettable. Be ready to test your knowledge of Greek myths and see how many you can count in this quick-fire, whistle-stop tour of the ancient world.
Jason, supported by two soldiers called Beta and Gamma, is setting sail to find the Golden Fleece and take back his kingdom. The whole audience is along for the ride, embodying the rest of Jason’s Argonauts and giving the cast the opportunity to make reference to the Greek heroes of myth and legend. The audience is repeatedly encouraged to get into the spirit of the show with call and response opportunities galore.
The tales they tell are many and varied, both in content and presentation. Persephone’s journey to the underworld is acted out in full with two performers switching rapidly between Zeus and Hades, Demeter and Persephone, using distinctive props to allow them to change characters. Zeus’ litany of sexual encounters with many humans of both genders is told in an amusing musical number, and Jason’s eventual testing in Colchis takes the form of a parody of The Godfather. The stories that are simply narrated by one character to the others work less well, but there’s still enough action and music to keep things moving along.
Linguistic jokes and throwaway lines add to the number of myths referenced, but it’s not all fun and games. The cast are all female and continually emphasise the masculinity of the roles they are playing, excusing the men’s unacceptable behaviour and repeatedly setting the blame firmly on women. This is a subversive and very effective way of highlighting the marginalisation and misrepresentation of women in Greek myths, culminating in a powerful musical number where the women finally get a brief chance to speak for themselves.
The show has tremendous energy, lots of laughs, and some great in-jokes for those in the know - and it manages to cram a huge number of stories into a very short space, with clever use of props and excellent performances all round. For anyone with even the smallest interest in the Greek stories of old, I would definitely say this is Unmythable.