Prometheus Awakes

Presented by Graeae and La Fura dels Baus
co-commissioned by GDIF and SIRF part of the London 2012 Festival
  • The Guardian "‘There are no limitations here, just glorious liberation, as the performers fly across the sky and the world explodes all around them’ " Read more...
  • The Stage "‘A visual feast executed by a daring, creative and enthusiastic cast’ "
  • A Younger Theatre "‘This is street theatre at its best: epic, emotive and full of surprises’ " Read more...

You will feel the earth move and the sky explode as an eight metre high Prometheus rises from the ground and creates fire and humanity in defiance of the God Zeus. Prometheus Awakes, an exhilarating re-interpretation of the legendary Greek myth, premieres against the stunning backdrop of the beautiful seventeenth century Queen’s House in the grounds of the Royal Museums Greenwich, a world heritage site. Prometheus Awakes then moves to the historic town of Stockton, where the story unfolds beside the banks of the River Tees.

Created by Graeae, the boldly inventive disabled-led theatre company, in collaboration with Catalan masters of visual magnificence, La Fura dels Baus, Prometheus Awakes will inspire audiences with extraordinary stagecraft, giant puppets, mass choreography and special effects. Co-directed by Amit Sharma and Pera Tantiñá featuring large-scale digital projections by Simon McKeown, choreography by Darshan Singh Bhuller and original composition by Jules Maxwell, Prometheus Awakes will be the first ever large-scale outdoor theatre production in this country that is led by disabled artists.

Disabled and non- disabled performers recruited from local boroughs and towns will take to the air in this thrilling piece of outdoor theatre as part of the main cast and as volunteers for an audience of thousands.

Prometheus Awakes is part of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration from 21 June and running until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.

Prometheus Awakes is co-commissioned by GDIF and SIRF
Supported by CREATE

GDIF is part of Greenwich Festivals presented by The Royal Borough of Greenwich

22 June 2012 & 2 August 2012
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival
National Maritime Museum

Stockton International Riverside Festival

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  • Director — Amit Sharma and Pera Tantiñá
  • Original Composition — Jules Maxwell
  • Digital Projection Design — Simon McKeown
  • Choreography — Darshan Singh Bhuller
  • Dramaturgy — Carissa Hope Lynch