Out of the darkness, a vast field of bodies emerges. At the centre of this universe, a woman stands as storyteller, her voice conveying the voice of a god, of the elements, of time itself, and of a thousand lives caught in visceral moments of war. All the while, a 215-strong community chorus moves as a haunting and uplifting presence across the stage, which evolves from battlefield to meadow to starlit sky. Stripping much of the narrative from the Iliad, Oswald's Memorial is an intense and urgent elegy for each of the 215 dead soldiers named in Homer's epic, one that transcends time to explore profound themes.
In this richly layered theatrical experience, Alice Oswald's extraordinary poem is performed on a grand scale, brought to impassioned life inside Jocelyn Pook's transporting, otherworldly score.