“Fire. Steel. A foundry manufacturing the future. An ancient god in chains. But which force is the most powerful – revenge, or hope? Grab a torch. Dare to join the Promethean revolution.”
A new production of the play Prometheus Bound is coming to Sheffield in Summer 2012 as part of the inaugural Sheffield Festival of Ancient Drama.
Synopsis of the play
Prometheus stole fire from the Olympian gods and gave its benefits to mortals: heat, light, technology, furnaces, manufacturing, steam. Savagely punished for his ingenuity, riveted to an iron crag above the city, he continues to defy the arbitrary power exercised by these cruel new rulers. When he encounters Io, another victim of the Olympian regime, Prometheus traces her wild journey across the world, and discovers that she could provide the weapon to bring down final disaster – or the last chance to redeem a fallen world…
Helen Slaney, Director of Prometheus Chained, explains more about the production: ‘Unfolding in a surreal complex of skeletal girders and gnashing cogs, Prometheus uses elements of Steampunk to weld together two powerful myths: the timeless Ancient Greek legend of power corroded, and the modern myth of inexhaustible energy that drove the Industrial Revolution.’
‘Its backdrop is the city of Sheffield: the dramatic skyline behind the theatre itself and the history of industry that has defined it. Written and designed specifically for this venue, Prometheus pours tragedy and spectacle into an unforgettable mould. For one night only, take up a torch and dare to join the Promethean revolution.’
Audition dates: 18 and 25 February 2012.
Venue: The Leadmill, 6-7 Leadmill Rd, Sheffield.
Production date: 23 June 2012.
Production venue: in the South Streetoutdoor theatre, Sheffield.
- Prometheus (m): the Titan who dared to defy divine tyranny and bring fire to mortals.
- Zeus (m): ruler of Olympus; a brutal factory-owner.
- Io (f):a young woman abused and abandoned by Zeus.
- Oceanus (m): Prometheus’ friend; a zany inventor.
- Vulcan (m): a master-craftsman.
- Strength (m): a sadistic henchman.
- Mercury (m/f): Zeus’ sycophantic P.A.
- Argus (m/f):the factory foreman, and leader of the Chorus.
- Chorus (m/f):a group of 20 factory workers.
- Also calling for production personnel: Assistant Director; Production Manager/Stage Manager; Choreographer.
Auditions on Saturday 18 February will be individual 10-minute slots. We will send you a selection of extracts from the play. Please choose and prepare ONE of these extracts (you don’t need to learn it, but please be familiar with the text). Those interested in auditioning for the chorus will also be asked to attend a movement workshop on Saturday 25.We may also be holding call-backs for other roles on that day. If you cannot attend either of these Saturdays but would still like to audition, please contact us and we will do our best to arrange an alternative.
Expressions of interest should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org