Odyssey

Twin bothers Pyrrhus and Tol are extremely close but their mother’s death causes them to take different paths, ultimately leading to betrayal and death.

The play opens with the two brothers, spraying graffiti and shoplifting. Although they are very close they are quite different. Tol is quite slow while his brother Pyrrhus is very bright and planning on going to university. He has shoplifted books by Salinger, Shakespeare and Sartre because he wants to read them. We see them leaving to go home to their mother to whom they are both devoted.

The next scene shows Tol in a meeting with Clara, a student involved in a project for people with psychological problems. The death of his mother has caused Tol to fall apart and become further involved in crime. His brother appears to be less affected and is now at Cambridge, but Tol feels that he is just suppressing his feelings. The two brothers are clearly growing apart. Tensions escalate when Tol meets a woman who is also attracted to his brother. Acts of betrayal lead ultimately to misery and death.

This is a grim play but gripping. The acting is convincing throughout. Well worth seeing.

Reviews by Alan Chorley

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