Set against the epic 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, playing at QPAC from August 29 to September 10, 2022.
This breathtaking new production - a world premiere as part of Brisbane Festival - from visual theatre masterminds Dead Puppet Society and physical theatre virtuosos Legs On The Wall reclaims the queer aspects of The Iliad.
Set to a haunting new score performed live by ARIA Award-winning Montaigne, composed with Tony Buchen and Chris Bear, 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 tale about a fearless bond forged in the toughest of times.
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.
"Dead Puppet Society...A new kind of theatrical storytelling." Limelight
"Legs on the Wall...physical performance...with an Aussie cultural identity and a fearless bravado." City Hub
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Aug 29-Sep 10, 2022
$49-$59 + trans free