This audio-visual performance from production company Zoo Co follows three demi-goddesses from Ancient Greece as they try to navigate the sexist world of modern-day Hastings.
The principal characters, sirens who have been cursed to lure any man who hears their voices to his death, are an excellent lens through which to view 21st-century misogyny as well as the change in the relationship between men and women.
While the first man they meet meets an untimely death, the sisters quickly befriend a young man who is able to avoid their curse because he’s…. deaf. This provides Zoo Co with an opportunity to not just work with an actor with hearing difficulties, but also to educate the audience a little on British sign language. The enthusiasm they lend to this undertaking is incredibly endearing.
With their premise firmly in place, the actresses are free to expand upon their own character motivations and development – packing a lot into only an hour long window. While a – very cute – lesbian subplot is underdeveloped, the company are keen to point out that they are developing a longer version of the play for touring.
The only flaw in an otherwise engaging and entertaining play, is the focus on the small seaside town of Hastings. No justification is ever given for why the sirens would be transported there and the play sometimes feels like an advertisement for their local museum. Even so, if that’s where they got their funding from then kudos to them.
Words: Ana Hine
Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ
Aug 10-12, 14-19, 21-27, 15:35, £11.00