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One of the most epic pieces of ancient travel writing ever committed to parchment comes to the Arts Centre Washington this month. Timeless Greek myth The Odyssey, penned thousands of years ago by poet extraordinaire Homer, is being staged at the Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 26th March by one fearless chap, who manages to squeezes it into just over one hour.

For those unacquainted with Greek literature, it follows flawed hero Odysseus in his relentless attempt to return home after the Trojan War. He and his crew are abetted on their journey by all sorts of nefarious creatures, including a hungry Cyclops, a posse of nymphs that sexually enslave them and of course the sea God Poseidon, who has the mother of all chips on his shoulder. And even if they do return home, will things ever be the same?

George Mann fulfils the Herculean task of condensing the sprawling narrative and performs it in an energetic, entertaining way. Premiering at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, it’s since toured internationally to sell-out audiences in Norway, Italy, Romania, Croatia and Canada. This is the first time, however, it will be performed here in the North East. Drop anchor and set sail for one incredible journey – this production is ideal if the classics have always been all Greek to you.

The Odyssey is at Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 26th March.

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