James Kerr - Prometheus Bound / Sound Theatre West End, London

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"The five-woman chorus claims the front of Classic Stage Company´s intimate square of a stage, appearing birdlike one moment and plaintively human the next. They provide the tender counterpoint to the eloquent defiance of DAVID Oyelowo as Prometheus, the fire stealer. The youthful, round-faced Oyelowo looks like a crucified Christ, bound to a swinging tether with arms outstretched. When outcast Io (Julie McNiven) comes to tell him about her seduction by Zeus and her wandering exile, she curls up at his feet, sheltered for a moment there, and the contrast between the two figures gives the scene a jagged power. In this lucid translation, conceived by the director, James Kerr, Aeschylus´ tragedy has an undeniable force."


"In a smart revival directed by James Kerr for the Aquila Theatre Company, enhanced by David Oyelowo’s splendid performance as Prometheus, the fifth-century B.C. lessons about the abuse of power by an autocratic ruler who runs roughshod over anyone who disagrees with him are not lost on a 21st-century audience. Just plug in names from today’s headlines for any of the characters. “Promethus Bound” is one of only seven of Aeschylus’ plays to survive. It was the first play of a trilogy, and it was in the lost sequels that he resolved the conflict in Prometheus’ favour."

Financial Times:

"Heres a play I have always wanted to see in English, powerfully delivered."

Time Out:

"Combined with his mastery of James Kerr's jaw-socking translation it's a heavy hitting experience."

Evening Standard:

"How disturbingly human and pertinent to our own times this classic mediation on suffering and endurance seems in the riveting atmospherics of James Kerr's production."


"Director James Kerr and his colleagues understand the power of imagination: making brilliantly focused use of small sound auditorium, they manage to conjure a spectacle of infinite suffering and pain with little more than a set of chains and a cloth imbued with red fluid."

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