Hero & Leander
Theatre in the Park
Thu 10 Aug 2023
55 mins (no interval)
£10* (£8*) | £5* Students/Under 25s
Sing, dance and cry with us in this bittersweet outdoor gig theatre show. Six multi-instrumentalists tell an epic seaside tale through songs encompassing folk, indie, sea shanties and choral music. A story of bad rulers, worse weather, and how we keep going when everything is flipping terrible.
Two towns, one rich and one poor, stand separated by a narrow strip of ocean. When the borders close and ships stop sailing between them, two lovers are left stranded on either side. Unphased, Leander takes to swimming across the channel to meet Hero, guided by the light of the lighthouse where she lives. But the jealous and vengeful Hephaestus, carrying an ancient grudge, plots to separate them with a flood like neither town has ever seen.
We all know this will probably end badly. But just maybe, this time, it will turn out different…
“Hero & Leander proves that it is possible to retell an age-old myth through the various genres of music that are popular today. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys folk, indie, and sea shanties – or to those who are keen to see what a tragic Greek myth might look like through the lens of modern culture”
“A folky, romantic, fun treat for your ears”
Written by Jack Dean
Composed by Jack Dean & Company
Cello / Vocals / Percussion – Beatrice Newman
Violin / Vocals / Percussion – Katy Rowe
Vocals / percussion – Siân Keen
Trumpet / Guitars / Vocals – Hanno Rigger
Guitars / Vocals / Percussion – Jack Dean
Accordion / Vocals / Percussion – Jay Kerry
Theatre in the Park is back for summer 2023 – join us in Rougemont and Northernhay Gardens this Summer for some theatre out in the open!
Please note: In the event of wet weather, the performance may be moved inside at Exeter Phoenix.
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FACILITIES & ACCESS
The site will have fully accessible facilities and there will be stewards on hand throughout the event to help you enjoy the evening. The park has ramped access from the main Queen St entrance.
Customers with access needs, who need to bring their own chair can reserve space in our dedicated area by contacting a member of our Box Office team on 01392 667080 and select option 1 or email Boxoffice@exeterphoenix.org.uk.
There will be hot, cold and alcoholic drinks available on site for this performance. Please do not bring your own alcohol on site – it will confiscated.
Please feel free to bring your own picnics and snacks.
Alternatively, let us to do the heavy lifting for you: purchase a locally sourced produce picnic with your ticket!
+£20 PICNIC FOR 2 WITH SOFT DRINK
+£25 PICNIC FOR 2 WITH A BOTTLE OF WINE
£10* Full price
£5* Students / Under 25s