Birthday book inspires script for latest play ...

The Actors Workshop Youth Theatre celebrates its 30th birthday. Mike Ward at The Workshop, Halifax.
The Actors Workshop Youth Theatre celebrates its 30th birthday. Mike Ward at The Workshop, Halifax.
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A birthday present that inspired Actors’ Workshop artistic director Mike Ward to write a script for stage, gets its premiere in the youth theatre’s latest production, which goes out next week (July 14 - 18).

Mike was given Madeline Miller’s novel ‘The Song of Achilles’ which in turn was inspired by Homer’s Iliad, by his son Adam and in his own words “was hooked”.

“To me it was the perfect story for the members of the Workshop where Stage Fighting is a hugely popular element when included in our productions,” he said.

Set around 1200 B.C. it concerns Achilles and his ‘Companion of Honour’ Patroclus, who meet as eleven-year-olds, form a deep friendship, and are drawn by events into the Trojan War.

Inherent in the story is the reality that the two leading characters are bi-sexual, an essential component of their make-up which is in no way hidden in the demands of the script. Advance booking from 01422 323688.