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29 Aug—10 Sep

Brisbane Festival and Queensland Performing Arts Centre present

Holding Achilles

Holding Achilles

The other half of the legend.

World Premiere

Set against the violence of the Trojan War, Holding Achilles by David Morton is a refreshing take on one of the ancient world’s best-known heroes, and his relationship with Patroclus, his not so well-known lover. 

As a young exile taken in by Achilles’ father, Patroclus faces hostility from the young hero until they are thrust together to train under the centaur Chiron, and the two form an unlikely friendship. As Achilles doggedly seeks to fulfil his mother’s prophecy to become a legend, their relationship becomes something more. But war with Troy is brewing, and the two young men find themselves caught between their hopes for a future together and the brutal realities of the world that faces them. 

This breathtaking new production from visual theatre masterminds Dead Puppet Society and physical theatre virtuosos Legs On The Wall reclaims the queer aspects of The Iliad

Featuring powerful visuals, daring aerial work, exquisite puppetry and breathtaking costumes interwoven with a technically astounding set design, audiences will be blown away by the incredible world as it’s painted right before their eyes.

Set to a haunting new score performed live by Montaigne, composed with Tony Buchen, Chris Bear and Montaigne, this innovative new work blends heightened physicality and visual storytelling with an ensemble cast to weave a legend of mythic proportions.

A tale of trials, grief and love — Holding Achilles is an epic story about a fearless bond forged in the toughest of times.

By David Morton
Dead Puppet Society and Legs On The Wall


Price

$39 - $59 + Booking fee

Times

Previews: Mon 29 Aug-Thu 1 Sep, 7:30pm
Opening Night: Fri 2 Sep, 7:30pm

Matinees: Wed 7 Sept, 11am; Sat 10 Sept, 1pm
Evenings: Tue-Wed 6:30pm, Thu-Sat 7:30pm

Duration

2 hrs 30 minutes (including interval)

Where

Playhouse, QPAC ›
Cnr Grey and, Melbourne St,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Getting Here

Accessibility

Wheelchair access

Assistive listening systems available

Important Info

Recommended for ages 12+. This play contains mature themes. 

Warning: This production contains adult themes (multiple references to acts of attempted suicide); theatrical effects including haze, smoke, blood, loud music and strobe lighting. Moments of full blackout.

Latecomers will be admitted at an appropriate break in the performance.

Schools: access educational packs and schools ticketing here.

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The man I loved beyond all other comrades, loved as my own life.


#Artists

Dead Puppet Society

Dead Puppet Society

Dead Puppet Society create deeply imaginative design-led theatre, public art and sculpture, combining old school craftsmanship with cutting edge technology. Best known for their works The Wider Earth, Laser Beak Man and Ishmael.

Legs on the Wall

Legs on the Wall

Legs On The Wall is defined by daring, awe, heart and calculated risk. Its artists craft stories through a teaming of aerial, dance, theatre, circus and other art forms. With a renewed focus on telling powerful stories with physical metaphors.


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How to get there

Playhouse, QPAC ›
Cnr Grey and, Melbourne St,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Getting Here

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