Jack Dean & Company present:Hero & Leander (Or, I Love You, But Everything’s Underwater)
An epic gig-theatre show telling the tale of tragic lovers with lively, uplifting music and a six-piece band.
Jack Dean & Company return with their moving adaptation of Hero & Leander this summer. Based on the Ancient Greek myth, this is a story of star-crossed lovers caught on different sides of the sea, fighting against all odds to be together. Jack’s trademark poetic storytelling is combined with a mix of folk, indie, sea shanties and choral music, played by a band of six multi-instrumentalists.
Each night, Hero signals for Leander to swim to her across the stretch of sea that separates them, but the vengeful God Hephaestus is determined to thwart the lovers’ plans. Touring to a mixture of indoor and outdoor venues, Hero & Leander is designed to adapt to a range of spaces, with some performances taking place in the company’s portable bandstand.
Jack Dean said “Hero and Leander is an old, bittersweet story about love, death and the infinite mystery of the sea. We filled the score out with sea shanties, lush indie orchestration and melodic folk. It’s kind of an ode to a disappeared England, and I also think it will speak to anyone who’s done something a bit daft and over-the-top for someone they loved when they were young. We’re bringing it out on the road again to see who wants to sing, dance and cry with us this year.”
Running Time: 55 minutes | Recommended for ages 14+
Monday 31st July | 11:00AM | Exmouth Festival
Exmouth, EX8 1DG
www.exmouthfestival.co.uk | 01395 276167
Thursday 10th August | 6:00PM | Exeter Phoenix
Exeter, EX4 3LS
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk | 01392 2667080
£10 / £8 Concs / £5 Students & Under 25s
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